Alan Wheat attended the public schools in Wichita ( Kansas) and in Seville, Spain, and until 1968, the airline High School in Bossier City in the state of Louisiana. This was followed up in 1972 to study at Grinnell College in Iowa. In the following years he worked in the economy. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.
Wheat was first on the staff of the district administration in Jackson County operates. Between 1977 and 1982 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri. In 1978 he was a delegate to the regional democratic convention in Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1982, Wheat was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard Walker Bolling on January 3, 1983. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1995 six legislative periods. There he was at times a member of the Committee on Rules. In 1992 the 27th Amendment was ratified.
1994 Alan Wheat renounced in favor of a then unsuccessful candidacy for the U.S. Senate on a possible re-election. After retiring from Congress, he was Vice President of CARE. To date, he is a board member of this organization. In 1996 he was part of the campaign team of President Bill Clinton. He also founded his own lobbying firm with the name Wheat Government Relations. He was married to Yolanda Townsend and has three children.