Joe Cronin serves County Council District 1 in northwest St. Charles County and represents residents in portions of St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Paul, Wentzville, Josephville, Flint Hill and Foristell.
For three decades, Joe has managed a small family business in downtown O’Fallon that his father founded in 1957. He currently serves on advisory boards for General Electric Finance and Husqvarna and has served on many corporate advisory boards in the past.
Joe still feels indebted to the good sisters of Assumption and St. Dominic for his basic education. He went on to study engineering at Kansas University and economics at University of Missouri, St. Louis.
A resident of St. Paul, Joe served as an alderman from 2003 to 2006. As a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Joe was a six-time chair of the annual St. Paul picnic, a 143 year-old tradition that is one of the largest charitable events in the county.
During his youth in rural O’Fallon, Joe became a sportsman and conservationist, enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors. Joe has worked to restore 80 acres of his family’s farm to conservation use, donating a perpetual conservation easement and dedicating the land for wetland wildlife under the Wetland Reserve Program.
Joe was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1955. He and his wife, Elaine Bauer, married in 1985. They have a son, Neal, who attends college at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; daughter, Molly, who attends Southern Methodist University; and son, Joe, who is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City. Joe and Elaine have a chocolate lab named Sadie.