Mayor Theodore Hoskins has been a resident of the City of Berkeley for 45 years. He is married to Lee Etta (a Councilperson of the City of Berkeley) and has two daughters. He served in the United States Air Force and left with an honorable discharge. He received education in business administration at Florissant Valley Community College where he obtained an A.A. degree in Business Administration and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Hoskins worked as a Financial Manager with Bi-state Development Agency, (Metro). Hoskins was elected a Berkeley Councilman in 1985 representing the 3rd Ward of Berkeley, Missouri. He was re-elected to the Berkeley City Council in 1986, 1990, 1994 and Mayor in 1996. While City Councilman, Hoskins also served as president of the Black Elected County Officials of St. Louis County, Missouri, and supported the redistricting of election districts in Missouri at both state and local levels to emphasize representation of African-Americans.
Hoskins was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2002, representing District 80, and has served in the 92nd, 93rd, and 94th General Assembly of the Missouri General Assembly. In 2005, he voiced his support for set-asides for a minority and women-owned businesses to Governor of Missouri Matt Blunt.
On January 14, 2009, Hose Speaker Ron Richard announced the leadership of the 50 committees in the Missouri House of Representatives, including Hoskins as Chairman of the Urban Affiars Committee. Hoskins is the only Democratic chairman of a committee in the Missouri House of Representatives.
In 2009, Hoskins served on four special committees: Student Achievement, Tax Reforem, Tourism, and Urban Education Reform.