Merika Coleman-Evans

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Merika Coleman-Evans (born September 6, 1973 in Lakenheath, Suffolk, England) represents District 57 in the Alabama House of Representatives and an assistant professor of political science at Miles College.

Merika Coleman was born at the Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath. She completed a bachelor of arts in mass communication and a master's in public administration at UAB. She was first elected to represent District 57 in 2002 and was reelected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2009 she lost to Priscilla Dunn in a run-off to fill the Alabama Senate District 19 seat left vacant after the criminal conviction of E. B. McClain.

In 2010 Coleman filed legislation that changed the Birmingham municipal election cycle so that the Mayor of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council seats would be filled at the same time.

Coleman has served as an adjunct instructor of Government and director of community and economic development at Lawson State Community College, and as director of economic and community development for the City of Bessemer. She has served on the board of Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Women Legislators' Lobby and is a founding member of the Midfield Voters' League.

She and her husband, Edward Evans, have two children, Elexia and Xaviar.

Preceded by:
Tommie Houston
Alabama State Representative, District 57
2002 - present
Succeeded by:


  • "State Rep. Merika Coleman fixes bill to synchronize city elections. Now it's time to pass it." (April 03, 2010) The Birmingham News editorial

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