The Return of a Democratic Woman to the Tar Heel House Delegation
State Representative Alma Adams has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families in and around North Carolina. After the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, she stepped up to take her brand of no-nonsense leadership to Congress — and bring a woman’s perspective to the Tar Heel state’s formerly all-male Democratic House delegation. North Carolina hasn’t sent a new Democratic woman to the House since the 1992 election of former Rep. Eva Clayton — and Alma’s strong record of leadership on choice, equality, education and the environment make her a worthy successor to Rep. Clayton’s legacy.
A Longtime Fighter for Women, Teachers, and Working Families
The first African American ever elected to the Greensboro County School Board, Alma vigorously promoted quality education for all students. She continued that advocacy during ten terms in the state House, spearheading legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and provide nutritious breakfasts in schools, while supporting increased pay for teachers. A working mother of two, Alma pioneered the Displaced Homemakers Bill and successfully spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage increase in nine years.
A Historic Election
Alma won her election with an overwhelming majority and was seated shortly after Election Day. She will join 79 women in the House and 20 women in the Senate to become the 100th woman concurrently serving in Congress, a historic milestone. She is the only African American woman in the North Carolina Delegation and will be the only Democratic woman representing North Carolina in Congress when the 114th Congress begins. Alma is already in Washington, D.C. to serve the remainder of Rep.Watt’s term, hiring staff and ready to tackle the challenges facing her district.