Chris Coleman brings a wealth of experience to the office of mayor – as an attorney, a community and neighborhood leader, an investment advisor, and a city councilmember.
He is also guided by his experience as a lifelong resident of Saint Paul whose family has deep roots in our community. Mayor Coleman is proud of his hometown and passionate about making it a city where everyone can live and play.
Mayor Coleman became the 45th mayor of Saint Paul on January 3, 2006. Since taking office, he has changed the tone of City government through inclusion, accessibility to residents, and bringing people together around the goal of making Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America.
Bridging the education gap for children is at the core of Mayor Coleman’s agenda. The Mayor’s Early Childhood Learning Initiative, the Second Shift afterschool initiatives, and access to college information, resources, and scholarships are revolutionizing the role city government plays in education. He has marshaled the best minds and resources to enrich the lives of children by extending social and academic opportunities beyond the school day, opening new doors of opportunity to a better life, and creating a safe environment for them to live and play.
Mayor Coleman is creating a better economic environment, engaging the best in business, community development, government, and transportation to create corridors of opportunity that will change the face of Saint Paul. At the center of this agenda is construction of light rail transit in the Central Corridor. Mayor Coleman and other visionaries see light rail as a component of an economic development and community revitalization effort that will make the Capital City the spine of a multimodal transportation system for the East Metro region.
Mayor Coleman is a strong advocate for police, fire, and emergency management services, committed to building world-class departments that set the standard for service to residents and community. His dedication to public safety is matched by his commitment to protecting the environment where residents live, work, and play, honoring the Mississippi River as the lifeblood of the historic river city and creating new opportunities for people to experience the soul of Saint Paul through its theaters, clubs, museums, parks, and libraries.
Through all his efforts to serve Saint Paul’s children and residents, Mayor Coleman is committed to fiscal responsibility. Measuring value by return on investment, he has worked in partnership with the City Council to consolidate and improve city services despite devastating cuts in state aid. Under Mayor Coleman, Saint Paul residents are receiving better services at a better price while the City retains its high bond ratings from all the major rating agencies.
Mayor Coleman is one of seven kids born in a classic Saint Paul Irish-American family. After attending St. Luke’s, he graduated from Cretin High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. His mother, Bridget, grew up on University and Farrington and was a business owner of an Irish imports store while raising Chris and his six brothers and sisters. His father, Nick, Sr., born and raised in Frogtown, championed human rights, justice and progressive causes as Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate. Mayor Coleman and his wife, Connie, live on the West Side with their two children who both attend Saint Paul public schools.
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