Betsy Hodges

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Betsy Hodges
Betsy Hodges 2014.jpg
47th Mayor of Minneapolis
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2014
Preceded byR. T. Rybak
Member of the Minneapolis City Council from the 13th Ward
In office
January 1, 2006 – January 2, 2014
Preceded byBarret Lane
Succeeded byLinea Palmisano[1]
Personal details
Born(1969-09-07) September 7, 1969 (age 45)
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s)Gary Cunningham
 
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Betsy Hodges
Betsy Hodges 2014.jpg
47th Mayor of Minneapolis
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2014
Preceded byR. T. Rybak
Member of the Minneapolis City Council from the 13th Ward
In office
January 1, 2006 – January 2, 2014
Preceded byBarret Lane
Succeeded byLinea Palmisano[1]
Personal details
Born(1969-09-07) September 7, 1969 (age 45)
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s)Gary Cunningham

Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Hodges (born September 7, 1969) is the Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2] A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, she represented Ward 13 on the Minneapolis City Council from January 2006 until January 2014. Hodges was reelected to the city council in the 2009 Minneapolis municipal elections.

Hodges won the 2013 Minneapolis mayoral election,[2] and was inaugurated on January 2, 2014. She lives in Minneapolis's Linden Hills neighborhood.

Education[edit]

Hodges grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. She graduated from Wayzata High School in 1987. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 1991, she attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating in 1998 with a master's degree in sociology.

Career[edit]

Hodges moved to southwest Minneapolis in 1998 and was the development director for the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Progressive Minnesota for a few years before serving on the staff of Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman. Hodges returned to fundraising work in 2003, working for the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Hodges served on the Linden Hills Community Council from 2000 to 2005 and as co-chair of the council from 2003 to 2005. In November 2005, Hodges was elected to represent Ward 13 on the Minneapolis City Council, defeating Lisa McDonald.

From January 2006 until she became mayor in January 2014, Hodges represented Ward 13. She was the chair of the council's Intergovernmental Relations Committee, a position that lobbies for the city at the State Capitol,[3] and chaired the Ways and Means Committee,[4] which oversaw a budget of $1.2 billion in 2013.[5] In 2011, Hodges was the council's point person on a pension-reform package.[6] In 2012, she was one of six council members to vote against a controversial new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.[2] In 2013, Hodges ran for Minneapolis mayor against a field of 34 other candidates. Her platform emphasized economic and educational equality, municipal management efficiency, and infrastructure investment.[7]

Hodges was also on the Board of Estimation and Taxation and spent four years on the Youth Coordinating Board.[when?]

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Political offices
Preceded by
R. T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis
2014–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent