About Margo

Margo McNeil recently retired after serving eight years as a state representative, House District 69, from the Florissant and Hazelwood area. She was first elected in 2008.

As a representative, McNeil served on Education Appropriations, Elementary and Secondary Education and many other education related committees as well as committees related to taxes, energy usage, and health care. Representative McNeil also co-chaired the bipartisan Green Schools Caucus and the Democratic Education Caucus.

Margo speaking on the house floor

During her time in Jefferson City, Rep. McNeil sponsored many pieces of legislation that would positively affect her district and was successful in passing legislation which requires health insurance companies to report health insurance rates to the Department of Insurance. She also successfully sponsored legislation that allows districts to fund early childhood education through the foundation formula and to expand funding for Alzheimer’s research.

In 2006, McNeil was elected to the St Louis Community College Board of Trustees where she served for 6 years. The college built new campuses and gained important certification during that time.

Mrs. McNeil taught art for over 20 years in the Ferguson Florissant School District where her students received numerous awards and recognition. Under her direction, students created school-wide ceramic murals at 4 buildings. As an active MNEA member, she served many years on the Legislative Committee and as Government Relation’s Chair for District 7. McNeil coordinated the ‘Kids First Rally’ for Ferguson Florissant School District, 2002; coordinated a regional voter registration project in 1984, and was a founding member of the Missouri Women’s Network.

Margo and kids at a rally

McNeil has been involved in service to our community, currently serving on the Regional Health Commission’s Citizen Advisory Board, the MU Extension -St Louis Advisory Board, Hazelwood Pension Board, and as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus-St Louis chapter. She was awarded the Otto Bean, Jr. Arts Advocacy Award from the Mo Art Education Association, 2016; the Jim Coen Silver Citizenship Award from MNEA Retired, 2014; and the Missouri Alzheimer’s Association’s Legislative Leadership award, 2012.

Margo McNeil graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Master’s in Art Education.

McNeil has been a resident of the North County area for 39 years. She and her husband Jim have three children, Nathan (Jodi), Stuart, and Megan (Antonio) and four granddaughters : Alexandra, Brooklyn, Avery, and Alba.

McNeil Family