Albert Hofstede

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Albert Hofstede
Albert J Hofstede.jpg
Al Hofstede in 2008
41st & 43rd Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
January 1, 1974 – December 31, 1975
Preceded by Richard Erdall
Succeeded by Charles Stenvig
In office
January 1, 1978 – December 31, 1979
Preceded by Charles Stenvig
Succeeded by Donald M. Fraser
Personal details
Born (1940-09-25)September 25, 1940
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died September 3, 2016(2016-09-03) (aged 75)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s) Emma Hofstede[1]
  • Albert Jr
  • Emily
Residence Blaine, Minnesota
Alma mater University of St. Thomas
  • Politician
  • advisor

Albert "Al" J. Hofstede (September 25, 1940 – September 3, 2016) was an American politician who served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, both times representing the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. His first term, as the 41st mayor, began on January 1, 1974 and ended on December 31, 1975.[2] He was defeated by independent Charles Stenvig, who himself was serving a second term. Hofstede, however, won another term (the 43rd) beginning January 1, 1978 and finishing December 31, 1979.[2]

Political career[edit]

Hofstede was Minneapolis's youngest mayor ever when he was first elected, at age 34. He was also Minneapolis's first Catholic mayor.[3] Over the course of his career, he has served Minnesota governor Karl Rolvaag, been a member of the Minneapolis City Council for four years, a chairperson of the Metropolitan Council from 1971 to 1973 and mayor of Minneapolis for two terms.[3] His position as Metropolitan Council chairperson was granted by governor Wendell Anderson.

During the years that Milwaukee Avenue, a two-block area of half-lot sized, almost identical houses were threatened, Hofstede led the way to protect them. This included him leading a tour of the area to residents, neighbors, activists and others. The houses were eventually designated an historic district.

Prior to his death, Al Hofstede worked as an advisor at North State Advisors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hofstede was born in Minneapolis on September 25, 1940.[5] He met and married his wife, Emma Hofstede (née Hild) who was formerly a schoolteacher and a nun.[1] Hofstede had two children, Emily and Albert. The Hofstedes lived in Blaine, Minnesota. A sister-in-law, Diane Hofstede, was elected to the Minneapolis Library Board and later to the Minneapolis City Council, where she served Ward 3. Hofstede died on September 3, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Honoring two moms: Wearing adopted, birth mother's gowns". Daily Press. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Mayors of Minneapolis". Tholt. 2003-10-16. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Hofstede, Albert J. "Al"". OurCampaigns. 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Hofstede, Albert J". Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Index to Politicians: Hoffmann to Hofstra". The Political Graveyard. 2003. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  6. ^ Miller, Pamela (September 3, 2016). "Albert Hofstede, former mayor of Minneapolis, dies at 75". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Erdall
41st Mayor of Minneapolis
Succeeded by
Charles Stenvig
Preceded by
Charles Stenvig
43rd Mayor of Minneapolis
Succeeded by
Donald M. Fraser