Annette Meeks was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2003 and reappointed in 2007. Meeks represents District 7, which includes north Minneapolis, downtown Minneapolis and south-central Minneapolis.
Meeks is the founder and president of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, an independent, non-profit, education and research organization. She is also a partner in Twin Cities Strategies, a public relations, government affairs and special events firm focused on the 2008 Republican National Convention. She previously served as chief executive officer for the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank in Minneapolis, and as vice chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. She is a founder of the North Star Excellence in Public Service Leadership Series, a project that seeks to more fully engage women in politics.
“My interest in serving on the Metropolitan Council grew from a study of the Council I worked on for the Center of the American Experiment,” Meeks said. “I had an interest in the future of the Council and the necessity of making it work better for the region. It’s been very helpful to have a perspective both as an outsider and now an insider.”
Meeks serves on the Council’s Community Development and Transportation Committees, with transportation being one of her major interests. “We face a time of transformation for the region’s transportation system, given budget constraints and the opening of light rail,” said Meeks. “The Council has a great opportunity to make our transit system more vital, to increase ridership, and make it even more responsive to the 21st century needs of the citizens of this region.”
Before coming to Minnesota, Meeks served as deputy chief of staff for Congressman Newt Gingrich while he was Speaker of the House. In this capacity, she oversaw the personnel and administration of the Speaker’s office. In addition, she was in charge of appointments to boards and commissions, all foreign travel for members of Congress, and many special events hosted by Congress.
Meeks and her husband, Jack, live in downtown Minneapolis. She enjoys cooking and entertaining, needlepoint, and political activities. She attends Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie and is involved in various nonprofit organizations. Meeks pursued a B.A. in political science at the University of Minnesota. She also graduated from the American Campaign Academy in Washington, D.C.
To contact Meeks, you may call 612-341-8168, or email: email@example.com