Alan Dupree Wheat, U.S. Politician   Leave a comment


Alan Dupree Wheat (born October 16, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American politician from the state of Missouri.

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[edit] Early life

Wheat graduated from Grinnell College in 1972 and served in the Missouri General Assembly from 1977 to 1982. When Congressman Richard Walker Bolling chose to retire after the 1982 election, Wheat won the Democratic primary and he went on to win the general election to succeed Bolling.

[edit] House career and Senate campaign

Wheat was the youngest member of the United States House of Representatives ever to be appointed to the Rules Committee and was also the first African-American to represent a district with a white majority.

After United States Senator John Danforth said he would not run for re-election in the 1994 election, Wheat chose to leave the House and instead run for Danforth’s seat. He won the primary, becoming the first black nominated by either major party for a statewide office. Wheat lost the general election to former governor John Ashcroft. Karen McCarthy was elected to succeed him in the House.

[edit] Post-Congressional career

After his Senate race, Wheat was chosen as vice president of Public Policy and Government Relations at CARE. He served as deputy campaign manager of President Bill Clinton‘s re-election campaign in 1996. In 1997, Wheat formed the lobbying group Wheat Government Relations. Wheat Government Relations is a full service lobbying firm representing clients on a broad range of issues including: Health Care, Energy, Financial Services, Education, Telecommunications, Information Technology, etc.

The Center for Public Integrity reports that Wheat Government Relations represents clients on the issues of: 1) Indian & Native American Affairs [1]; 2) Federal Budget & Appropriations [2]; 3) Gaming, Gambling & Casinos [3].

Wheat currently serves on the Board of Directors at CARE. He was married to Yolanda Townsend. He has three children.

 

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Posted February 20, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

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