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City of Rochester, MN
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Mayor Kim Norton
Kim Norton became the first woman Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota in 2018 and took office on January 8, 2019. Most recently, Kim was selected to be part of the Harvard-Bloomberg City Leadership Institute and has had educational and support opportunities providing unprecedented opportunities for our city. Additionally, she was selected to be part of the Mayors Innovation Project, a small cohort of leaders seeking support for community redevelopment expertise.
Prior to her election as Mayor, Kim won a Bush Fellowship, which allowed her to complete a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and experiential learning focused on leadership and energy policy. This work encouraged her to investigate communities noted for their sustainability and livability. Kim served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 25B, for 10 years. During her tenure as a legislator, Kim introduced and helped pass many pieces of significant legislation, including the Destination Medical Center (DMC) economic development project, Primary Seat Belt, and many other health related bills aimed at positioning Rochester, and Minnesota, as a premier location for healthcare. Before serving in the state legislature, Kim served 8 years, including one as board chair of the Rochester Public School Board.
In addition to Kim’s solid and long history of public service and leadership, she has a record of asking tough questions, seeking out and listening to people with differing opinions, and working with the community to build bridges toward finding smart, fair solutions. Her workforce history includes self-employment, retail and non-profit work.
Kim participated in the Women in Power executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She continues to serve on many local and state nonprofit boards (The Arc, Fresh Energy, KSMQ, Spark Children’s Museum Rochester, and Healthy Communities Collaborative) and was newly appointed to the Governor’s Young Women’s Initiative Council.
Kim is married to Randy Stone, the mother of four grown children and a stepson. She is grandmother to Zoe and Henry. She spends her personal time traveling and reading and has a special fondness for kayaking.
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