Under the Dome

Alma Adams

Office District Status
N.C. Representative N.C. House 58 Incumbent
Party In Office Since Term Ends
Democrat 1994 2010
Level of Government  
N.C. House  
Date of Birth Birthplace Now Lives In
May 27, 1946 , NJ Greensboro, NC


Alma Adams is a longtime Democratic representative from Greensboro. A native of New Jersey, she moved to North Carolina in the 1960s to attend N.C. A&T State University and later landed a job as an art professor and administrator at Bennett College in Greensboro. After serving on the Greensboro City Council and city school board, she was appointed to the legislature in 1994 and is now a well-known legislator. She is being considered for a post in Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue's administration. Since 2008, she has been chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus.


She is known for wearing colorful hats in the legislature. 



Marital Status
Two grown children

Alma Adams is a Democratic representative from Greensboro and chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

Early Life and Education

Alma Adams was born in New Jersey.

She graduated from Westside High School in Newark, N.J. 

She earned a bachelor of science from N.C. A&T State University in 1969.

She then earned a master of science from N.C. A&T in 1972.

She graduated with a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1981.

Professional Career

Adams is a college administrator and art professor at Bennett College in Greensboro.

Political Experience

In 1987, she was elected to the Greensboro City Council and began serving as an officer of the Greensboro branch of the NAACP. 

She served four terms on the city council and one term on the Greenboro City School Board. 

She was appointed to the N.C. House of Representatives in 1994 and later won election to the seat. 

Adams has grown to become one of the more well-known legislators. 

She worked for over a decade to increase the state's minimum wage.

She has worked with the George C. Simkins Political Action Committee, a Triad-area PAC that endorses candidates and sends voter guides to black voters.

She chaired the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus during the 2008 and 2009 sessions, helping the group of minority legislators press for a state earned income tax credit. The group was criticized when it was revealed that relatives of five members had received college scholarships from its foundation.

In 2008, she was featured in a TV ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue in the primary, defending her from charges of racism by state Treasurer Richard Moore.

After Perdue was elected in November, Adams criticized her transition team for its lack of diversity.

Adams is reportedly being considered for a position as secretary of the state Department of Administration under Perdue.

Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith. 


Art Professor

Community Involvement:
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Contact Info


bachelor of science
N.C. A&T State University
Graduated: 1969
master of science
N.C. A&T State University
Graduated: 1972
Ohio State University
Graduated: 1981


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