|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 6th district
November 2, 1976 - January 3, 1993
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives|
from the 21st district
January 1973 - November 2, 1976
|Howard E. Hines|
|David C. Christian|
Earl Thomas Coleman
May 29, 1943
Gladstone, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||William Jewell College (BA)|
New York University (MPA)
Washington University in St. Louis (JD)
He attended public schools and received a B.A. from William Jewell College in 1965 and an M.P.A. from New York University's, Wagner School of Public Service, in 1969. He also received a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1969. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1969 and commenced practice in Kansas City.
From 1969 to 1972 Coleman, a Republican, served as Missouri's State Assistant Attorney General. In 1972, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served until 1976. After the unexpected death of Congressman Jerry Litton, Coleman ran for, and won, the election succeeding him. He represented Missouri's 6th Congressional District, which encompasses northwestern Missouri, including a portion of Kansas City north of the Missouri River and the city of Saint Joseph. Coleman served in Congress until 1993, when he was ousted by Pat Danner, Litton's former district administrator. After leaving office he has worked for The Livingston Group, a lobbying organization founded by former Congressman Bob Livingston.