Hon. Alma Adams

Hon. Alma Adams

U.S. Representative (D–N.C.)


After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress. Congresswoman Adams was elected to her fifth full term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 8, 2022.

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Education & the Workforce and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles; as Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Ranking Member of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, the Black Maternal Health Caucus, and the e-Learning Caucus. She has previously served on multiple committees including the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Small Business.

Her signature legislative accomplishment in Congress is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act which permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.