Steve Roberts Jr. says he intends to use his experiences in the legal system to drive real criminal justice reform forward in St. Louis.
The son of St. Louis real estate and business mogul Steven Roberts, Roberts Jr. most recently worked as an assistant circuit attorney for the city. He began his official transition to politics soon after Rep. Kim Gardner announced she would not seek re-election in the House to instead run for St. Louis circuit attorney. Roberts hit the campaign trail with backing from elected officials including U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay, State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.
A fourth generation St. Louis native, Roberts says his parents and grandparents overcame segregation and discrimination to establish successful careers. “My mother Eva Frazer became a distinguished doctor and my father a respected attorney, St. Louis Alderman and successful businessman. My parents taught me to have a strong sense of civic responsibility, social justice and the desire to help make St. Louis an even better place to live."
Roberts is the founder/president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Black Prosecutor’s Association and a member of the Missouri Bar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Mound City Bar Association.
“As prosecutor for the City of St. Louis, I was assigned to a unit that was created to combat gun violence in the city and participated in the prosecution of hundreds of cases ranging from minor weapon offenses to homicides.”
Roberts considers himself a progressive Democrat. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of Miami and in 2013, received his law degree from the Pepperdine University of Law. Roberts worked his way through law school as a law clerk in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in Compton. His service work extends beyond American soil, Roberts was the legal research assistant for the Counsel to Secure Justice in New Delhi, India. He helped increase the efficacy of the legal system and conviction rates of sexual assaults against women while assisting with crime prevention and victim treatment.
Locally, Roberts' immediate goals of change target education, jobs and healthcare. His plans include affordable loans for students, growing small businesses and expanding proper healthcare to all residents. Roberts says he entered the 77th District race to stop Republican majorities from utilizing an agenda intended to “divide us from one another.”
"The Republican majorities in Congress and the Missouri General Assembly are fostering fear, bigotry, and intolerance. They have ignored the pressing issues of our day, including job creation, raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, women's health issues, fully funding our schools and universities, rebuilding our infrastructure, transportation, social justice, equal opportunity, helping our seniors and veterans, housing, protecting the rights of workers, defending the middle-class and combating violent crime tied to gangs, drugs and hopelessness. It’s time we had a progressive agenda and real leadership to move Missouri forward.”