Coleman attended Cretin High School in Saint Paul. Coleman attended the University of Minnesota as both an undergraduate and law student.
He defeated incumbent mayor Randy Kelly in 2005 and took office on January 3, 2006. He is of no relation to former mayor and United States. Senator Norm Coleman. He then worked for eight years in Hennepin County as a public defender and prosecutor.
Proposals to build a metal shredder along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul inspired his first run for the Saint Paul City Council.
Coleman represented Saint Paul"s Ward 2 from 1997 to 2003. While on the city council he was also an investment management consultant specializing in nonprofit organizations and endowments for Royal Bank of Canada Dain Rauscher.
He was also president of United Family Practice Medical Center. Coleman unsuccessfully sought the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) nomination for the United States House of Representatives seat in Minnesota"s 4th congressional district in 2000.
Coleman ran in the 2005 Saint Paul mayoral election, challenging the DFL incumbent, Randy Kelly.
Kelly had alienated supporters with his endorsement of George West. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, and national Democratic figures endorsed Coleman. Wesley Clark, John Kerry, and Bill Richardson visited Saint Paul to campaign for Coleman, while Hillary Clinton and John Edwards actively supported him. Coleman defeated Kelly in the general election, 69% to 31%.
Shortly after taking office, Coleman signed a city ordinance banning tobacco smoking in all bars and restaurants within city limits.
The ban had long been opposed by former mayor Kelly. Coleman worked with then Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak in bids to host a national party convention.
Saint Paul was selected as the site of the 2008 Republican National Convention. In 2009, Coleman was elected to a second term.
Coleman successfully sought a third term in 2013, defeating three challengers with 78% of the vote.
Coleman also serves as President of the National League of Cities, with a term expiring at the end of 2014. In 2009, Coleman contemplated a bid for the DFL nomination for Governor of Minnesota in the 2010 election but withdrew from the race before formally announcing a bid.
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Coleman is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.