About Quinton Lucas
A fourth-generation Kansas Citian, Quinton grew up in the city’s urban core. As a child, he moved often, sometimes staying with family or friends, and residing briefly in a motel. However, like his mother and sisters, he did not allow these set-backs to keep him from working hard. Quinton learned as a young man the values of hard work, employment, and perseverance in building a stable and successful life for himself and his family. Instilled with those values, he was able to earn academic scholarships to The Barstow School, Washington University, and law school at Cornell University.
After graduating from Cornell, Quinton returned home to Kansas City. He first worked for a federal judge and practiced business law. At age 28, Quinton was appointed to a law professorship at the University of Kansas, making him one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the United States. An accomplished business lawyer and teacher, Quinton continues to work as an attorney. He also volunteers extensively with inner city schools and organizations, such as Operation Breakthrough and De LaSalle Academy, and in area prisons mentoring young men returning to the Kansas City area.
At City Hall, Councilman Quinton Lucas represents the Third District at-large. For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Lucas to serve as Chairman of the Housing Committee. In addition, Lucas serves as a member of the following committees: Neighborhoods and Public Safety; Planning, Zoning and Economic Development; Transportation and Infrastructure; Airport.
From childhood to this day, Quinton is inspired by the example of his mother, who currently works for UMKC. She rode city buses with, or drove her children around Kansas City to get them all to work, as well as herself. He is also inspired by his stepfather, who has been a barber on 67th & Prospect for decades.