Council members & districts

Deb Barber

Metropolitan Council Member, District 4

Deb Barber was appointed to the Metropolitan Council in March 2015 by Governor Mark Dayton. She lives in Shakopee and represents District 4, which includes Belle Plaine, Belle Plaine Twp., Benton Twp., Blakeley Twp., Camden Twp., Carver, Chaska, Cologne, Dahlgren Twp., Hamburg, Hancock Twp., Helena Twp., Hollywood Twp., Jackson Twp., Jordan, Laketown Twp., Louisville Twp., Mayer, New Germany, Norwood Young America, Prior Lake, San Francisco Twp., Sand Creek Twp., Savage, Shakopee, St. Lawrence Twp., Victoria, Waconia, Waconia Twp., Watertown, Watertown Twp., Woodland, and Young America Twp.

Barber brings an extensive record of community involvement to the Metropolitan Council. Since moving to Shakopee 14 years ago, Barber has served in many capacities, including serving multiple terms as chair of the Scott County Human Services Resource Council, which develops and makes recommendations to the Scott County Board on human services programs, needs, and priorities. Additionally, Barber serves as Vice Chair of the Shakopee Economic Development Advisory Committee. In addition to these roles, Barber is a member of the Shakopee School District Guiding Coalition and the Scott County First Stop Shop Advisory Board.

On the Metropolitan Council, Barber serves on the Community Development, Management, and Transportation Committees. 

“It has always been important to me to be involved in the community and in shaping the future of our region", Barber said. "I am proud to know that I have had a positive impact on my home town of Shakopee and look forward to expanding my impact regionally.”

“In our metropolitan region, we are poised for ongoing growth," she said.  "This brings great opportunity and challenges.  To be strong as a region, we need to focus on creating sustainable economic development, which is contingent on strong transportation and transit systems, affordable housing and workforce training that is accessible to our diverse population.  We need to approach these areas in a manner that builds on our strengths as a region while interfacing with local governments and citizens to ensure that our cities and counties maintain their unique identities.”

Barber is Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Canopy Medical LLC. As a successful business owner, Barber specializes in strategic planning and project management.

Barber has a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics and a master’s degree in engineering mechanics, both from Montana State University.  She lives in Shakopee with her husband, Chip, and two sons.

To contact Barber, phone 612.819.0848 or  email