Alan Dupree Wheat (1951- ) Papers (0847kc)
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Alan Wheat attended schools in Wichita, Kansas and in Seville, Spain before graduating from Airline High School in Bosier City , Louisiana, in 1968. He received a B.A. in economics from Grinnell College in 1972, and joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an economist for two years. Moving to Kansas City he became an economist for the Mid-America Regional Council from 1973 to 1975. He then became an aide to Jackson County, Missouri executive Mike White before being elected to the Missouri general assembly in 1976 where he served three terms and chaired the urban affairs committee. When Representative Richard W. Bolling announced his retirement, Wheat entered the race and was elected to the United States Congress from Missouri's Fifth District in 1982. Alan Wheat became only the third freshman in history to be appointed to the House Committee on Rules. He also served on the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and was vice chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Wheat did not stand for reelection to his seat , instead choosing to seek election to the U.S. Senate in 1994. Wheat was defeated by former Missouri Governor John Ashcroft.
The papers are Wheat's congressional files including press releases, newsletters, correspondence, Member's Individual Voting Records, office files, calendars, speeches, photographs, videotapes. ca. 1982-1994.
257 cubic feet
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