Mayor Kim Norton Biography
Kim Norton became the first woman Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota in 2018 and took office on January 1, 2019. Most recently 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 focused on leadership and energy policy. This work allowed her to investigate communities noted for their sustainability and livability.
Prior to her fellowship, Kim served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 25B, consisting mostly of the northern portion of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County in the southeastern part of the state. During her 10 years as a legislator, Kim introduced many pieces of significant legislation including the Destination Medical Center (DMC) economic development project aimed at positioning Rochester as a premier location for health care. Before serving on 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 working to ask tough questions, seeking out and listening to people with differing opinions, and working with the community to build bridges toward finding smart, fair solutions.
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, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, and Healthy Communities Collaborative) and is a member of Greater Rochester Rotary.
Kim is married to Randy Stone, the mother of four grown children and a step-son. She is grandmother to Zoe and Henry.