|Congresswoman Adams was elected to her third term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 6, 2018. After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Adams was sworn in as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.
Congresswoman Adams serves on the following House Committees: Education and Labor, Financial Services and Agriculture. The Congresswoman is Chair of the Higher Education and Labor subcommittee on Workforce Protections and is Vice- chair of the Agriculture Committee.
She is a member of the Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition; and the Financial Services subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. Congresswoman Adams is a former member of the Small Business Committee and the Joint Economic Committee and formerly served in several leadership positions including Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, and ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulation.
Congresswoman Adams is the founder and co-chair of the first Congressional Bi-partisan HBCU Caucus and is part of the Women’s Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Education Caucus, Historic Preservation Caucus, AIDS/HIV Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Medicaid Expansion Caucus, and the Art Caucus.
Throughout her career, Representative Adams has promoted quality education for all students, spearheading legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, providing nutritious breakfasts in schools and supporting increased pay for teachers. For 40 years, Dr. Adams taught Art at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. While at Bennett, she led the effort to increase student civic participation coining the phrase “Bennett Belles are Voting Belles” and organizing annual marches to the polls. As a former educator, Rep. Adams has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young people and her community.