Betsy Hodges

  • Spring 2018

Betsy Hodges was the 47th mayor of Minneapolis (2014 – 2018). Among key accomplishments of her administration were: creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, her Cradle to K Cabinet, improving police-community relations, helping small businesses thrive, and launching the city’s successful efforts to raise the minimum wage and mandate sick leave for all workers.

Some of Mayor Hodges' key initiatives included: creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, improving police-community relations, and helping small businesses thrive, and launching the city’s successful efforts to raise the minimum wage and mandate sick leave for all workers.

Prior to becoming mayor, Hodges served on the Minneapolis City Council for eight years as the council member from Ward 13. During that time 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.