A longtime banking industry professional and ward committeeman for the 28th Ward in the city of St. Louis, Sen. Joe Keaveny was first elected to represent the citizens of the 4th Senatorial District, which includes St. Louis City, during a special election on November 3, 2009, to fill an unexpired term. In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Keaveny practices in the trust and probate section of Weiss and Associates in St. Louis, MO.

Senator Keaveny is one of six children born to the late John Joseph and Mary Justine Keaveny. He grew up in the city’s Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood and graduated from Christian Brothers College High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and holds a master’s degree in finance and a law degree, both from St. Louis University.

For the past 20 years, Sen. Keaveny has worked in the banking industry, managing portfolios for high-income individuals and later managing compliance issues with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for US Bank. For several years, he volunteered as a board member for the Skinker-DeBaliviere Housing Corporation — learning first-hand the challenges of rebuilding derelict properties, which led to a strong advocacy for state Historic Tax Credits.

During a long tenure on the Skinker-DeBaliviere Community Council, Sen. Keaveny spent countless hours working with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on public safety issues; an experience that reinforced his belief that the City of St. Louis must regain local control of its police force. Senator Keaveny’s dealings with the Metro system and daily use of MetroLink forged his commitment to an expansion of public transportation in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He also strongly supports public early childhood education because he believes that is a solution to St. Louis Public Schools.

Senator Keaveny and wife Karen have four grown children: Shannon, Lauren, Joseph and Ellen.

Senator Keaveny completed the unexpired term on Jan. 5, 2011 and was re-elected to a full term, which will expire in 2014.