About Brad Bakker
My parents first met attending Southwest Missouri State University and later made their home in Kansas City. I grew up there, attending public school while working throughout high school as a grocery bagger, lifeguard, and tutor. My parents taught me integrity, helped me become an Eagle Scout, and thankfully (because my dad grew up in St. Louis) instilled a deep-rooted love for the Cardinals in a town of Royal blue.
I originally moved to St. Louis in 2000 to attend St. Louis University as a Presidential Scholar. After graduating from law school at New York University, I moved to Nashville to be with my wife Kate while she finished medical school. I was fortunate to have to opportunity to work for the first African-American federal judge in Middle Tennessee. The invaluable experience with Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. taught me to see how decisions made by our courts directly impact people’s lives. I then entered private practice and ran the Nashville branch of the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) clinic to serve the legal needs of Nashville’s homeless population.
When Kate was offered a medical residency at Washington University, we jumped at the chance to move back to the Midwest. We made our home in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood of the 26th Ward and love walking around the beautiful areas nearby. I also joined the St. Louis Young Democrats and have canvassed for political candidates in our community.
I transferred my law practice to Armstrong Teasdale, where I work in employment law, providing training to supervisors and employees on discrimination and implicit bias issues and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. I have also continued my pro bono work by pushing for important criminal justice reform in our courts. I have fought for the indigent and wrongfully convicted by filing briefs in the United States Supreme Court and Missouri Supreme Court in support of reforming the Missouri justice system.
I believe in the people of this city and our capacity to do good things together. I also believe in justice, not just in the criminal sense, but the social sense. I want to represent ALL St. Louisans in the 84th District and be an advocate for our neighborhoods and city. Most of all, I want to hear from you, the residents of our district, as your input is important in highlighting what issues need to be addressed to improve our community.