Emanuel (Emanuel) Cleaver, II (D-05)

US Representative Emanuel Cleaver

Emanuel (Emanuel) Cleaver, II (D-05)
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Capitol: 202.225.4535
FAX: 202.225.4403
District: 816.842.4545
Room 2217 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2505
411 West Maple Avenue
Independence, MO 64050-2815
Residence:Kansas City, MO

Committee Assignments

FC MemberCongressional Serbian American Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rugby Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
Co-ChairCongressional Forensic Science Caucus
FC MemberDutch Caucus
FC MemberYouth Mentoring Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberCongressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberFuture of Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Capital Markets
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption


Full Biography Emanuel Cleaver, II is now serving his tenth term representing Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance; member of Subcommittee on Capital Markets; and member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri's largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city's first African American Mayor in 1991. During his eight-year stint in the Office of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished himself as an economic development activist and an unapologetic redevelopment craftsman. He and the City Council brought a number of major corporations to the city, including TransAmerica, Harley Davidson, and Citi Corp. Cleaver also led the effort, after a forty-year delay, to build the South Midtown Roadway. Upon completion of this major thoroughfare, he proposed a new name- The Bruce R. Watkins Roadway. Additionally, his municipal stewardship includes the 18th and Vine Redevelopment, a new American Royal, the establishment of a Family Division of the Municipal Court, and the reconstruction and beautification of Brush Creek. Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees augmented by a bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M, and a master's from St. Paul's School of Theology of Kansas City. In 2009, Cleaver, with a multitude of accomplishments both locally and Congressionally, introduced the most ambitious project of his political career-the creation of a Green Impact Zone. This zone, consisting of 150 blocks of declining urban core, has received approximately $125 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. The Green Impact Zone is aimed at making this high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban geography in the world. This project includes rebuilding Troost Avenue, rehabbing bridges, curbs and sidewalks, home weatherization, smart grid technology in hundreds of homes, and most importantly, hundreds of badly needed jobs for Green Zone residents. During the 112th Congress, Cleaver was unanimously elected the 20th chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2016, as Ranking Member of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, Cleaver successfully co-authored the largest sweeping reform bill on housing programs in 20 years, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, a bipartisan comprehensive housing bill that passed into law with a unanimous vote. In 2018, Congressman Cleaver received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, the late Senator John McCain, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children, and grandchildren.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Dianne Donaldson   DOB: 10/26/1944
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