|U.S. Senate, Minnesota|
|January 3, 2003-January 3, 2009|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2008|
|First elected||November 2002|
|Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Solicitor General for Minnesota Attorney General|
|High school||James Madison High School|
|Bachelor's||Hofstra University (1971)|
|J.D.||University of Iowa College of Law (1976)|
|Date of birth||August 17, 1949|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn, New York|
Coleman was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, he attended Hofstra University for his bachelor's degree in Political Science. He spent his first two years of law school at Brooklyn Law School but completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976. Coleman launched his legal career as a prosecutor with the Minnesota Attorney General's office. By the time he was elected the Mayor of Saint Paul in 1992, Coleman had risen remarkably in the office's ranks, having been promoted to chief prosecutor and ultimately solicitor general.
Coleman was a member of the Democratic Party when he was originally elected Mayor of St. Paul. He became a Republican in 1996, and retained that party affiliation throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate, up to the present.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Coleman's professional and political career:
- 2008: Candidate for United States Senate
- 2002-2008: U.S. Senate
- 1993-2001: Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota
- 1998: Candidate for Governor of Minnesota
- 1996: Switched from Democrat to Republican
Coleman was considered a potential 2014 candidate for Governor of Minnesota as well as the U.S. Senate -- the latter would have set up a re-match between Coleman and Sen. Al Franken, who unseated him in 2008 -- but he ultimately decided against both races by March 2013.
On November 4, 2008, Coleman lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate to Democratic challenger Al Franken. Franken won election after a lengthy hand recount that did not declare him the winner until after June of 2009.
Coleman and his wife Laurie reside in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have four children together.
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- United States Senate Democrats, "Reid Statement On Norm Coleman’s Concession," June 30, 2009
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Coleman, Norm," accessed January 9, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Norm Coleman Biography," accessed January 11, 2013
- Star Tribune, "Norm Coleman rules out Senate run, leaves open door to a gubernatorial run," January 9, 2013
- Twitter, "Norm Coleman's Twitter Account - Statuses," March 7, 2013
- Senator Al Franken, "Official Biography," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
Dean Barkely (I)
|U.S. Senate - Minnesota
| Succeeded by|
Al Franken (D)