This February, Employment Connection is celebrating Black History Month by honoring local leaders in the St. Louis region. Today we recognize Senator Karla May of Missouri’s 4th Senatorial District.
Senator May, a Democrat, represents the 4th District, comprised of a portion of the City of St. Louis; Richmond Heights and Shrewsbury, and parts of Maplewood; and the townships of Clayton, Hadley, Jefferson, and Gravois. She was sworn into office on January 9th, 2019, and serves on the Appropriations Committee; Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment Committee; Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee; and Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions, and Ethics Committee, among others.
Before being elected to the Missouri Senate, Senator May served as State Representative for the 84th District in the Missouri House of Representatives. First elected in 2010, she served eight years in the Missouri House. Senator May has served as a member of the Budget & Revenue Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She also served as the Region XI chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators from 2012 to 2018, serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Chaplain.
Aside from her legislative duties, Senator May is President and Board Member of the St. Louis Philanthropic Organization. She has been involved with the organization for the past 21 years, helping award grants to agencies focused on education and programs that benefit residents of the City of St. Louis.
She is an executive board member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) St. Louis Chapter and has served as an international at-large board member.
Born and raised in the City of St. Louis, Senator May currently resides in the city’s 26th Ward.