- Position Held: Congressman, 5th District Missouri, 2005-present.
- Other Elective Office: City Councilman, 1979-1991; Mayor of Kansas City, 1991-1999
- Party: Democrat
- Home City: Kansas City, MO
- Birth Date and Place: October 26,1944, Waxahachie, TX
- Family: Married: Dianne; children: Evan, Emanuel III, Emiel, Marissa
- Education: Murray State College; Prairie View A&M, BS, 1972; St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MDiv. 1974.
- Religion: Methodist
- Occupation: Minister
- Work Experience: Pastor, St. James-Paseo United Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO 1973-present.
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