Mayor Betsy Hodges is the 47th mayor of Minneapolis, sworn in on January 2, 2014.

Prior to becoming mayor, Hodges served on the Minneapolis City Council for eight years as the representative of Ward 13. On the council, she served as chair of the Ways and Means/Budget Committee. Before running for public office, Hodges was an organizer working for TakeAction Minnesota and the Minnesota Justice Foundation. Hodges also helped found a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico to get HIV-positive women the help and resources that they needed.

Her husband, Gary Cunningham, is president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and a member of the Metropolitan Council. The couple has two children, four grandchildren and two cats.


Hodges’ requested to add 15 police officers to the city force and training in crisis-intervention, implicit bias and procedural justice. She also proposed the Collaborative Public Safety Strategies program which set aside $500,000 for community driven public safety strategies in the Little Earth and West Broadway neighborhoods. Eleven groups won funding between the two neighborhoods for projects like mentorship of young women and creating mosaics.
Source: Minnpost 12/9/16

“I have focused a lot of time with the chief on making sure we are building that police department for the 21st century,” she said. “It’s taking some time but we have made some progress,” she continued, citing body cameras; de-escalation policies; the new police guild contract (which gives the chief more discretion is assigning officers); the recent community service officer classes that are bringing more people of color into the police officer pipeline; as well as implicit bias and procedural justice training for all officers.
Source: Twin Cities Business, 4/11/17

The city government’s reaction — and Ms. Hodges’s role in [the response to the Fourth Precinct protest] — infuriated people on all sides. Activists were aghast that police officers had donned riot gear and used pepper spray. Police union leaders were angered that officers had not been permitted to clear the streets and arrest protesters who camped out for 18 days. The Justice Department later criticized her coordination with police officials.
Source: NY Times 7/10/17

As a City Council member, voted against replacing a civilian agency that investigates police misconduct with a new city office made up of police and civilians.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 9/21/12

“As we move forward in Minneapolis,” Hodges says, “the wage we pass must not hold our tipped workers back – most of whom are women – or set a new, harmful precedent that will hurt tipped workers statewide.”
Source: City Pages, 12/20/16

“I think one of the key things we have to decide is do we want to leave women behind? Do we want to leave low-income mostly women of color behind? Because a lot of the tipped workers in Minneapolis are low-wage, women of color. So, I oppose a tip penalty. That for me, has to be part of that conversation moving forward.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

Hodges pulled her support for the [Working Families Agenda], which would’ve required employers to set employee schedules weeks in advance, after pushback from business owners…

“Pulling it off the table was listening,” she said.
Source: The Journal, 6/7/17

Hodges 2016 budget proposal included $14.5 million for affordable housing, including $1 million flexible dollars to help create affordable housing options for large families.
Source: Minneapolis City Website 12/9/15

“Housing is a human right, and our community is stronger when everyone has a safe place to live … Inclusionary zoning is incredibly important. Driving it where you want it most on our transit corridors is incredibly important and looking at market rate solutions, not just affordable solutions.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

Hodges returned a campaign contribution from landlord Steve Frenz, who was fined $187,390 by the city for submitting a falsified affidavit and phony leases during a housing court suit with his tenants.
Source: Star Tribune, 2/6/17

“I will continue to stand by and fight for immigrants in Minneapolis regardless of President-elect Trump’s threats. I will not compromise the public safety of the people of Minneapolis to satisfy Trump’s desire to put politics before public safety. If Congress follows through on President-elect Trump’s threat to cities, they will have our hardworking officers bear the brunt of their own obstructionism. The complete failure of President-elect Trump’s allies in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform should not be borne by our local police officers who already have a tough job to do.”
Source: KSTP 11/13/2016

“Trump’s Muslim ban is unconstitutional. It’s un-American. It’s undemocratic. So while Trump’s executive order will have yet another day in court, I’ll continue to stand for and with our immigrant communities.”
Source: Hodges’ Fb Page, 6/26/17

Hodges recieved $7,250 in campaign contributions from developers.
Source: MSP Votes / Hodges

Voted against repurposing of convention center taxes to pay for the Viking’s Stadium
Source: City Council Proceedings, 5/25/2012

As a City Council member in 2012, authored the capital improvement plan to initiate the three-year $50 million renovation of Nicollet Mall and has been a vocal supporter throughout her time in City Hall.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 12/12/2012

“I’m proud to be pro-choice and support Planned Parenthood’s work to provide basic healthcare to millions of families each year, and I’m proud to object to measures to restrict access to preventative care for people who need it.”
Source: Hodges’ Blog, 2/11/17

Part of a unanimous vote to create the Transgender Equity Council to identify disparities and work more closely with community members.
Source: Star Tribune 2/12/2017