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About Gary Schiff

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Gary Schiff joins Phillips residents testifying at the State Capital for more park funding.

Gary Schiff was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2001 and was re-elected by a two-to-one margin in 2005 and again in 2009.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Gary was active in his neighborhood organization, historic preservation efforts and the gay rights movement.

Before running for office and frustrated by tax dollar waste, Gary co-authored a charter amendment in 1997 that requires voter approval for city subsidies to professional sports stadiums. The Charter Amendment passed with 68% of the vote.

As a City Council member, Gary has been a policy-driven advocate for small businesses, sustainability, neighborhood-based planning, public transit and civil rights. Gary is an avid cyclist and AIDS activist and lives in the Corcoran neighborhood.

The son of a public school teacher, Gary earned his B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota and studied Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs with an emphasis on land use and economic development.

As a City Council Member, Schiff chairs the Zoning and Planning Committee and serves as a City Planning Commissioner. He also serves on the Ways and Means budget committee, the Regulatory Energy and Environment Committee and is chair of the Information Technology Policy Committee. Gary also serves on the Interchange Project Planning Committee, Minneapolis-St. Paul Housing Finance Board, St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, the Lake Street Council, and Midtown Community Works.

Last updated Dec. 5, 2012