Joe Cronin represents County Council District 1, west of Highway 79 and north of Interstate 70. District 1 stretches from St. Peters to Foristell and includes the north side of O'Fallon and Wentzville as well as the cities of St. Paul, Josephville and Flint Hill. He has been on the County Council since 2011 where he has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and as Council Chairman in 2016.
Joe is a lifelong resident of the O'Fallon/St. Paul area. Four generations of his family currently call County District 1 "home." He was educated at Assumption and St. Dominic's in O'Fallon where he met his wife of 34 years, Elaine Bauer. They raised three children in St. Paul and now have two grandchildren who are Wentzville residents. Joe and Elaine are members of St. Paul Catholic Church where Joe was chairman for many years of the annual picnic, a 150-year-old charitable tradition in the area.
Joe is semi-retired from a small downtown O'Fallon business his father started in 1957. He continues to serve on a multinational corporate advisory board and has been a member of many advisory boards for the equipment, agricultural and finance industries in the past. Joe also manages his family's farmland for conservation purposes.
Joe values the importance of serving others and the duty to serve is a Cronin family tradition. Joe's grandfather and godfather were St. Louis City policemen, and Joe’s father was a Navy Seabee in World War II and the Korean War. Before serving on the County Council, Joe served as a St. Paul Alderman for two terms when parks and water systems were formed for the city.