John Maurice Collins Muhammad, Jr is an advocate, policy-maker, and change agent. In April 2017, John was elected to represent the 21st Ward in the Board of Aldermen of the City of Saint Louis, at the age of 25, making him the youngest person and first Muslim ever to be elected.
Born and raised in North City’s Greater Ville neighborhood, John is the oldest of two sisters, Jasmine (twin), a customer service lead in the City of St. Louis Recorder of Deed’s Office and Kimberly-Ann, a Missouri state representative. John was raised by three strong women; Velma (1927-2002), Linda & LaTonia, and his Father, John Sr. (1964-2007), whom he considers to be his “Hero”. At an early age, John has always been aware of the role that government can play in uplifting families and communities. John studied Political Science and History at the only two HBCU’s in Missouri; Lincoln University and Harris-Stowe State University. While in college, he served as a Intern to members of the Missouri General Assembly; Representatives Rodney Hubbard, Talibden El-Amin and Jamilah Nasheed, all who helped shaped and cultivate his love for public service. Before running for office he worked as a Community Educator, a Civic Engagement Director for a non-profit organization, and was a Union Organizer.
As a legislator, John has sponsored and co-sponsored numerous legislation aimed at government reform, improving the quality of life, and economic revitalization. He led the fight to create the Dollar Housing Program, enabling people to purchase vacant property for one dollar in the interest of developing economically struggling communities. He helped passed groundbreaking legislation to increase minority participation in government construction projects. In his first year in office, he helped passed legislation allocating more than $5 Million towards Youth Programming & Recreation. In the Board of Aldermen, he currently serves on the distinguished committees of Ways & Means; Public Safety; and Housing, Urban Development & Zoning (HUDZ); Legislation, and Public Utilities of which John is the Chairman. Because of his advocacy for equity for health services and access, in 2019, John was appointed by President Lewis Reed to serve on the Special Committee on COVID-19 Response. While on the committee, John and his colleagues passed a $64 Million Funding Package to address health, humanitarian & economic impacts of COVID-19.
John is a proud member of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and attends Muhammad Mosque No. 28 where his a Student Assistant Minister. John lives in the O’Fallon Park neighborhood with his wife, Asia, whose a Social Worker in the St. Louis Public School District, 6 children, and dog, Cardi.