Manuel Abarca IV

1st District Legislator


Manuel "Manny" Abarca IV prides himself on his working-class upbringing, as the son to a 30-year Union Teamster father and dedicated, loving mother of three who worked her whole life setting an example of perseverance and the value of education. He has spent his entire life in the Kansas City Metropolitan area and has made his home with his wife, Alexis, and daughter, Camila, in the Historic Northeast.


Manny currently serves as the Treasurer of the Kansas City Public School Board and the Jackson County Democratic Committee. He is also currently serving Congressman Emanuel Cleaver as his Deputy District Director. Previously, he served on the Guadalupe Center Educational Systems Board of Directors and serves or has served on the Board of Directors for: MoKan Goodwill, ReDiscover Mental Health Clinics, Samuel Rodgers Health Center, Healing House Inc., the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, Historic Kansas City Foundation and the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association. He also represents the 12th Ward on the Jackson County Democratic Committee and is a past member of the executive board of the Missouri Democratic Party. 


He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Central Missouri and is pursuing his Doctorate from Mizzou. 

2024 Committee Assignments

  • Anti-Crime
  • Health & Environment (Chairman)
  • Housing &Homelessness