Council members & districts

Adam Duininck

Chair, Metropolitan Council

Adam Duininck was appointed chair of the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2014. He is the 14th chair of the Council since its creation by the Legislature in 1967, and the first to serve full time.

Duininck, a native of Willmar, was first appointed to the Council in 2011. He has more than a decade of experience in transportation policy, planning, and construction. In his first Council term, he chaired the Council’s Transportation Committee. In addition, his experience includes:

  • Serving as the Council’s chief liaison to the Transportation Advisory Board (which, together with the Council, is the region’s federally recognized metropolitan planning organization for transportation).

  • As Legislative Director for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, playing a key role in the push for additional state transportation investments in 2008, and the passage of a constitutional amendment dedicating new funding to roads and transit.

  • Working five years of road and bridge construction.

  • Being an avid bicyclist and user of bus and rail transit.

"Investments in transportation infrastructure are critical to our economic vitality as well as our quality of life,” Duininck said. “We are competing with metro areas around the country and the world. In order to attract business investment and a high quality workforce, our region has to demonstrate a vision on transportation infrastructure, housing and smart planning. ” 
As Council Chair, Duininck will connect with residents and other stakeholders in local government, business, and the nonprofit sector about issues as wide-ranging as water supply, affordable housing, regional parks, and wastewater treatment.

“Our region is growing rapidly,” said Duininck. “That growth presents a variety of complex challenges. But it also presents important opportunities to strengthen our local economies, renew our regional infrastructure, and improve the quality of life enjoyed by all our residents.”  

Previous to his appointment as Council Chair, Duininck served as the Executive Director of Win Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that works to advance progressive causes in the state.

Duininck lives in the Standish neighborhood of Minneapolis with his wife, Jaime, his son, James, and their two dogs Dylan and Cash.

To contact Duininck, you may call 651-602-1390, or email

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