President
Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce

In a region cleaved in two, Matt Kramer fights fiercely for the East Metro. The former salesman, chief of staff for Tim Pawlenty and executive at the University of Minnesota now advocates for the more than 1,200 members of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization he helped rebuild when it was near financial ruin in 2010. He complained in an op-ed last year that the East Metro was getting the West Metro’s transportation funding “crumbs,” so expect to see him rolling up his sleeves if a transportation bill gets traction in 2017.