Chris Coleman took office as Saint Paul’s Mayor in 2005 after several years as a city councilmember, community and neighborhood leader. Immediately, Mayor Coleman set forth initiatives to make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. His priorities include working to close the achievement gap, creating sustainable and responsible budgets, and investing in the infrastructure of Saint Paul.
Mayor Coleman has achieved several of his goals, advocating for education and public safety, and being instrumental in championing the Green Line (Central Corridor Light Rail line)—the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the state of Minnesota.
These efforts and initiatives are all accomplished with sound fiscal management in mind and guided by a passion for the City of Saint Paul.
Mayor Coleman’s sound fiscal judgment transformed a decades-long practice of balancing the city’s budget using one-time fixes and gimmicks into structurally-balanced budgets that use ongoing revenues for ongoing expenses. Putting the city on solid fiscal ground positioned Saint Paul nationally as an attractive city for investment from new businesses and employers, and allowed Saint Paul to host large international events such as Red Bull Crashed Ice, the USA Gymnastics National Championships and the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Mayor Coleman recently finished his term as President of the National League of Cities, a national organization of city leaders across the United States. In 2012, Mayor Coleman was elected as the Second Vice President of National League of Cities, and became the League’s Vice President in 2013.