Yaphet El-Amin was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She proudly represents the 57th District in the Missouri Legislature. Representative El-Amin is happily married to Talibdin El-Amin together they have one son, hasan El-Amin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and is pursuing her Master’ degree in Public Administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Representative El-Amin began her political career as the 62nd District Legislative Assistant to former State Representative Charles Quincy Troupe. In 1997 she became the youngest Committeewoman to ever serve the 1st Ward where she still serves in that capacity. In 1999 she was chosen to be a community representative for the Mark Twain Cluster-Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative charged with creating a community based plan for social and economic redevelopment. In 2000, she founded the Unified Women of North St. Louis and served as Chairperson, working with local and state agencies to address the health and welfare of seniors. Realizing the need for quality education, she organized the Regular Independent Democratic Organization (RIDO) Youth Fair that equips our future leaders with educational resources to become successful and productive citizens.
Representative El-Amin ran a victorious race in 2002 and now serves as the first female Muslim State Representative in the United States. She represents more than thirty thousand (30,000) residents in the 57th District. She serves on the following committees in the Missouri Legislature: Appropriations-Health, Mental, Health and Social services, Education, Job Creation and Economic Development, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Special Committee on Urban issues, and an Advisory Commission on Lead Prevention.
At the close of the 2003 Legislative session, Representative El-Amin launched an forceful endeavor against the closing of 16 public schools and the outsourcing of millions of dollars from the St. Louis Public School system. She unified more than 20 elected officials and demanded for Missouri’s Governor to request an independent audit of the St. Louis Public schools. As a result of her outstanding work in the field of education, this she received a lifetime achievement award from Local 420-Teachers, Service workers and Clerks Association in the area of education.
Representative El-Amin is a dedicated public servant and experienced community leader. This dynamic young lady is admired and well respected in her community. She is a free thinker and a results-oriented public servant. Representative El-Amin utilizes her professional business development experience and leadership style to bridge partnership that has not only advanced the 57th District, but the entire City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri.