Rep.-elect Alma Adams (D-N.C.-12)

DATE OF BIRTH: May 27, 1946
BIRTHPLACE: High Point, N.C.
RESIDENCE: Greensboro, N.C.
OCCUPATION: Art professor, member of the North Carolina General Assembly
EDUCATION: B.A., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., Ohio State University
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Greensboro City Council woman
FAMILY: Two children

Alma Adams will be taking over former Rep. Mel Watt’s seat in North Carolina. Watt retired from the seat he held since 1993 to head to the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this year.

Adams will represent one of North Carolina’s two majority-minority districts, stretching from Charlotte to Winston-Salem to Greensboro.

She has a long record of public service in the state: she was the first African-American woman to serve on the Greensboro School Board and then moved on to the City Council. Now she is the second woman to serve in Congress for North Carolina.

Adams is also a retired professor of art at Bennett College in Greensboro.