About the Mayor
Betsy Hodges is the 47th mayor of Minneapolis. In her role as mayor, she focuses on three clear goals: running the city well, growing a great city and increasing equity. Her priorities are ensuring the city works well for everyone and that all people can contribute to - and benefit from - the growth and prosperity of Minneapolis.
Some of Mayor Hodges' initiatives include: her Cradle to K Cabinet, creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, improving police-community relations and helping small businesses thrive.
Prior to becoming mayor in 2014, Betsy Hodges served on the Minneapolis City Council for eight years as the council member from Ward 13. On the Council, she served as chair of the Ways and Means/Budget Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. One of her major accomplishments was leading the fight to reform a broken closed-pension system that served neither the pensioners nor taxpayers well, which helped avert a $20-million increase in the property tax levy in 2012.
In her spare time, Mayor Hodges works on staying physically fit, writes, reads poetry and enjoys seasonal viewings of “Die Hard,” her favorite movie. She is known for her extensive collection of Wonder Woman memorabilia. She is an occasional karaoke singer with a very limited vocal range.
A Minnesota native, Mayor Hodges is married to Gary Cunningham, CEO and President of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association and a member of the Metropolitan Council. They have two children, four grandchildren and two cats.
Last updated Dec 29, 2014