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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina



As a former educator, Congresswoman Adams understands how access to quality, affordable education can change lives. Her goal is to shorten the achievement gap and ensure more students have access to educational opportunities.

The first piece of legislation she introduced in the House was the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Professional Readiness Education Preparation (STEM PREP) Act. The STEM PREP Act helps create a pipeline of skilled workers to enter STEM fields. The STEM PREP Act also prioritizes the inclusion of fine arts in technical education. This equips employees with not only the technical skills and critical thinking skills needed to do the job.

A graduate of an HBCU and a professor at one for 40 years, Congresswoman Adams recognizes the importance of HBCUs in their communities and their impacts on their students. The first bill she co-sponsored focused on the restoration and preservation of these historic sites. She is also spearheading the HBCU Caucus, guaranteeing that HBCUs are always a part of legislative conversation.

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More on Education

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) offered an amendment to the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform, (PROSPER) Act to protect minority serving institutions (MSI). The amendment was offered following a letter that Congresswoman Adams sent to Chairwoman Foxx highlighting her concerns with provisions impacting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and MSIs within the PROSPER Act. The letter went unanswered so today Rep. Adams offered this amendment to address some of those concerns.

Dec 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, co-chair of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, led a letter to Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx highlighting her concerns for HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER, Act. The PROSPER Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act for the first time since 2008, is expected to be marked up in the Education and Workforce Committee tomorrow.

Dec 11, 2017 Press Release

Greensboro, N.C.--Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, was awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), today at their December graduation. 

Dec 8, 2017 Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—During National Computer Science Week, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) is excited to announce the winner of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) from North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District, Vietfu Tang. Mr. Tang is a student at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte. His app, called Alacrity, is designed to help people prepare for natural disasters.

Dec 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, sent a letter extending an invitation to Johnathan Holifield, the newly appointed Executive  Director of the White House HBCU Initiative, to meet with the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus on Capitol Hill. The letter invited Mr. Holifield to meet with the Caucus to discuss HBCU priorities and the use of public-private partnerships to continue moving the ball forward for HBCUs.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. 

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) announced the Protecting Education & Pathways to Opportunity Tax Package. The package includes eight amendments to the Republican tax plan, H.R. 1 the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.

Nov 14, 2017 In The News

The Department of Education has the authority to extend enrollment requirements for school loan discharges if there are “exceptional circumstances,” which is what should happen for students at the now-shuttered Charlotte School of Law, say a group of North Carolina U.S. Congress members.

Nov 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12), a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, led a letter signed by North Carolina Congressmen G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and David Price (NC-04) to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to allow students enrolled at Charlotte School of Law (CSL) from December 31st,2016 to its close on August 15, 2017 to qualify for a closed school discharge of their student loans as a group.

Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—On National Manufacturing Day, Rep. Adams made her fifth stop on the #MadeInMecklenburg Tour with a visit to groninger USA, LLC in Charlotte. The visit included a tour of the facility and an opportunity to learn about groninger USA’s dual manufacturing apprenticeship program started in 2014 to address the skills gap challenging many local manufacturers. groninger is known for manufacturing closing and liquid filling equipment for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.