U.S. Senate (R-MN)
Norm Coleman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Coleman switched to the Republican Party of Minnesota in 1996. The committees that Coleman serves on include the Foreign Relations, Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. During his career of public service, Norm Coleman’s number one priority and passion has been bringing people of all perspectives together to get things done. Prior to his election to the Senate, Coleman served as the Mayor of Saint Paul.
Coleman is a strong proponent of immigration reform. He is the sponsor of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now Act of 2005, which would amend the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 to facilitate U.S. openness to the outside world. The act would require the President to develop a strategic plan for enhancing U.S. access to foreign students, scholars, scientists, and exchange visitors. The act also calls for improvements in visa processing, and sets standards for timeliness in security reviews of pending visa applications.
In November of 2005, Coleman became a cosponsor of the Dream Act, which would provide undocumented high school students the opportunity to obtain permanent residency. The students must be planning to attend college or serve in the armed forces to become eligible for permanent residency.
First Elected: 2002
Committees: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Foreign Relations; Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs; Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Special Aging
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: Mayor of St. Paul, 1993-2002
Education: Hofstra University; JD University of Iowa, 1976