With 18 years of experience as an elected official, and chair of Polsinelli's Public Policy practice, the Honorable Alan Wheat, remains a highly regarded figure in Washington among his peers and former colleagues, many of whom now occupy Washington’s most senior leadership positions both on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. Recognized in Congress for his extraordinary skill in building coalitions, Congressman Wheat continues to garner support for important client concerns and initiatives in his role as Chairman for Polsinelli’s Public Policy practice.
In 1982 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he became part of the House leadership as the youngest member in Congressional history to be appointed to the powerful Rules Committee. While in Congress, he was one of the nation's first African-Americans to represent a district with a white majority. He proved his skills as a strong political leader serving as Chief Deputy Whip and in 1994 he ran for a seat in the United States Senate. He further made history by becoming the first minority candidate selected as a major party nominee for statewide office in Missouri.
Following his Senate race, Congressman Wheat became Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations with one of the largest and most vital global relief and development organizations, CARE. In 1996, he was named deputy campaign manager and director of public liaison for Clinton-Gore '96. During this period he developed and executed plans that mobilized more than twenty essential constituency groups to support President Clinton’s re-election. In addition, he traveled across the country as a spokesperson for the president and vice president. His work has allowed him to develop an extensive and bipartisan network of contacts in Washington.
Congressman Wheat counts many of Washington’s most influential voices among his relationships. Those relationships are at the highest levels of Executive Agencies, the White House, House and Senate leadership, the key committees in both the House and Senate and numerous advocacy organizations.