|Hodges at a mayoral forum in 2013|
|47th Mayor of Minneapolis|
January 2, 2014
|Preceded by||R. T. Rybak|
|Member of the Minneapolis City Council from the 13th Ward|
January 1, 2006 – January 2, 2014
|Preceded by||Barret Lane|
|Succeeded by||Linea Palmisano|
|Born||September 7, 1969|
Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Hodges (born September 7, 1969) is the Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 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.
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, and chaired the Ways and Means Committee, which oversaw a budget of $1.2 billion in 2013. In 2011, Hodges was the council's point person on a pension-reform package. In 2012, she was one of six council members to vote against a highly controversial new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. 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.
Hodges was also on the Board of Estimation and Taxation and spent four years on the Youth Coordinating Board.[when?]
- City of Minneapolis (November 6, 2013) "2013 Election Results."
- (June 23, 2012) "Hodges elected to lead League of Cities." Star Tribune
- Brandt, Steve (January 5, 2010) "Rybak sworn in again; Johnson to head City Council." Star Tribune.
- 2013 Minneapolis City Council Adopted Budget
- Brandt, Steve (November 9, 2011) "Minneapolis pension merger nets disputed payouts." Star Tribune.
- "Betsy Hodges Campaign Site"
R. T. Rybak
|Mayor of Minneapolis