Board of Aldermen
|City of St. Louis|
|No Term Limits|
Lewis E. Reed, Democrat
Alderman Joe Roddy, 17th Ward, Democrat
Majority Floor Leader
Alderman Terry Kennedy, 18th Ward, Democrat
|Authority||Charter of the City of St. Louis|
|Salary||$38,000/year + per diem|
|Aldermen Chambers, St. Louis City Hall|
The Board of Aldermen is the legislative body of the independent City of St. Louis, Missouri. The Board of Aldermen is charged with passing legislation, known as board bills, which after passage of the Board are sent to the Mayor to be signed into law. The Board serves as a check against the mayor in a mayor-council government model. The Board monitors performance of city agencies and makes land use decisions as well as legislating on a variety of other issues. The Board also has sole responsibility for approving the city budget. The presiding officer of the Board is the President, who is elected separately city wide. The President of the Board is the second highest ranking official in the City directly behind the Mayor. The Board is made up of 28 aldermen representing the city's 28 wards. The Board meets in the north wing of City Hall (St. Louis, Missouri) in the Aldermanic Chambers.
The Board of Aldermen consists of one representative from each of the city's 28 wards; the body's President is elected separately by a citywide ballot. Like the mayor, Aldermen representing odd-numbered wards are elected in odd numbered years following the United States Presidential Election, while the President of the Board and the aldermen from even-numbered wards are elected in the off-years, terms are four years. Proposition R, a charter amendment to reduce the number of city of St. Louis aldermen from 28 to 14 effective January 1, 2022, was passed by city voters on November 6, 2012 with 61 percent voting in favor; 60 percent was needed for passage.
By custom and tradition, an alderman has a great deal of influence over decisions impacting the ward they represent on matters ranging from zoning changes, to street resurfacing, to tax abatement to business licensing, etc.
By city charter, Aldermen are legislators. Aldermen introduce laws and legislation known as board bills that can become city ordinances which can impact the quality of lives of city residents.
The Board of Aldermen uses committees for a variety if purposes, including the review of board bills or proposed laws, and the oversight of the city's executive and administrative branch The appointment of committee members is formally made by the President, while committee chairmanship is determined by seniority. Committee Chairman preside over committee meetings and hearings. The Board has the following standing committees:
- Committee on Ways & Means
- Committee on Public Safety
- Committee on Housing, Urban Development, & Zoning (HUDZ)
- Committee on Streets & Traffic
- Committee on Transportation & Commerce
- Committee on Neighborhood Development
- Committee on Public Utilities
- Committee on Public Employees
- Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs
- Committee on Parks & Environment
- Committee on Health & Humans Services
To become an Alderman one must be a registered voter, twenty-five years of age, have been a United States citizen for at least five years, a resident of the city, and one year a resident of the ward from which elected. The President must be at least thirty years of age and a city resident for a least five years. However, Contrary to what the qualifications say, the City's website also specifies one must be 18 Years old to file and run for any political office in St. Louis.
List of Presidents
The President presides at all the meeting, preserves decorum and determines all questions of order. He or she also appoints standing and special committees and serves as an equal member of all committees. The President assigns bills to appropriate committees and refers bills, when ready, to the Engrossment Committee. the President directs action from the broad elevated podium in the front and center of the semi-circulate position.
|Louis P. Aloe (R) 1917-1924|
|Walter J. G. Neun (R) 1924-1935|
|William L. Mason (D) 1935-1941|
|Michael J. Hart (R) 1941-1943|
|Aloys P. Kaufmann (R) 1943|
|Edgar S. Nicolai (R) 1943-1945|
|Albert L. Schweitzer (R) 1945-1947|
|Charles Albanese (R) 1947-1955|
|Donald Gunn (D) 1955-1959|
|A. J. Cervantes (D) 1959-1963|
|Donald Gunn (D) 1963-1968|
|James Noonan (D) 1968-1969|
|Joseph Badaracco (R) 1969-1975|
|Paul Simon (D) 1975-1980|
|Eugene Bradley (D) 1980|
|Thomas Zych (D) 1980-1987|
|Thomas P. Villa (D) 1987-1995|
|Francis G. Slay (D) 1995-2001|
|James F. Shrewsbury (D) 2001-2007|
|Lewis E. Reed (D) 2007–present|
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- "St. Louis Board of Aldermen will have all Democrats, two new faces". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 9, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
- Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis