Meet Chris

Chris Coleman has a lifelong passion for Minnesota and a bedrock belief in the work ethic and commitment to fairness shared by all Minnesotans.

Chris was first elected Mayor of Saint Paul in 2005, when he beat the incumbent by an historic margin, and easily won re-election in 2009 and 2013.

Halfway through Chris’ first term as Mayor, the Great Recession hit, decimating the economy across Minnesota, and throughout the country. At a time when businesses were hesitant to take risks, Chris stayed true to his values and made bold investments in Saint Paul, getting workers off the bench and back to work. Chris’ vision created thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in return on investment, and began the decades-long process of re-imagining Saint Paul.

Even while guiding Saint Paul through the Great Recession, Chris made the tough decisions necessary to balance the budget and put the City on a solid footing for the future. Chris made sure that Saint Paul residents always had the police and firefighters they needed to stay safe, and other essential city services. The City’s AAA bond rating is testament to Chris’ leadership.

Underlying his leadership style is the conviction that every decision is a statement of one’s values. That is especially true with respect to investing public dollars. In addition to unparalleled support for public safety, Chris has made ground-breaking investments in jobs and economic vitality, arts and culture, out-of-school time learning, environmental sustainability, and parks and trails.

A bi-partisan coalition of leaders from across the country took note of Saint Paul’s success in 2013 when they elected Chris to be President of the National League of Cities. From that position, he worked with President Obama to advance a progressive agenda for education, environmental sustainability and public infrastructure.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1987, Chris worked as both a prosecutor and public defender in Hennepin County. Seeing first-hand the consequences of lives derailed by child abuse, domestic violence and hopelessness, Chris has spent his career working with diverse coalitions to build stronger communities. Chris has private sector work experience as a financial advisor at RBC Dain Rauscher. Prior to his election as Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris served on the Saint Paul City Council for six years.

Chris and his wife, Connie, have been married for 29 years. They have two adult children, Molly and Aidan.