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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

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the House passed Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

May 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12), a former art professor at Bennett College and member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, today announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional art competition. Congresswoman Adams held an exhibit and competition at the Harvey Gantt Center on Sunday, May 21st.  During the reception, 25 pieces of artwork submitted by high school students in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District were displayed and judged by three local artists: Leonor Demori, Neisler, Matt Hooker and Justin Surgeon.

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—The Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus hosted a viewing of Stanley Nelson’s film Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Nelson’s film, which chronicles the history and culture of HBCUs, first aired at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will air publicly on PBS in 2018. 

May 24, 2017 Op-Ed

As a professional artist, curator and college art professor, I’ve witnessed firsthand the importance of the arts and the humanities. They play a vital role in modeling our perspectives and enriching our lives. The arts and humanities are not just a tool for personal expression or a way to mark celebrations, but they challenge our perceptions of society. The arts and humanities inspire, challenge, and expand our minds. They encourage us to think critically and allow us to experience the world through someone else’s reality.

May 24, 2017 Op-Ed

Summer internships are one important way that students can explore passions they want to pursue as a profession. They are exposed to a form of learning that goes beyond the books and may be the best chance they have to ensure they are making a wise investment.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the administration announced its proposed budget for FY 2018.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the administration announced their proposed budget for FY 2018.

“This budget proposal is awful. It’s the most conservative we’ve ever seen and it’s not reflective of our nation’s growing needs,” said Congresswoman Adams.

May 19, 2017 In The News

Is President Donald Trump standing by his stated earlier commitment to support historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), or is he backing off, using some oblique constitutional reason not to do so?

Last Friday afternoon, the Trump White House issued a statement upon signing HR. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, which was recently passed by Congress to fund the federal government by $1.1 trillion through September 2017.

What was notable about the law was that even Democrats, like Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12), were pleased with it.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Education and Workforce Committee marked up HR 2353 Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century. Representative Adams joined her colleagues in supporting this bipartisan legislation and requested language that would instruct the Department of Education to review the effectiveness of partnerships between state and local grantees and community colleges in promoting STEM curriculum.