Council members & districts

Richard Kramer

Metropolitan Council Member, District 13

Richard Kramer was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in March 2011, and reappointed in 2015. Kramer lives in Saint Paul, and represents District 13, which includes the eastern half of St. Paul, Lilydale, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul.

Kramer owns a small printing and manufacturing business on St. Paul’s Eastside, where he also lives. He is a long-time member of the St. Paul Planning Commission, initially appointed in 1994. Kramer has chaired a number of committees and task forces of the planning commission, including those overseeing land-use comprehensive planning and the Phalen Corridor development strategy, and both chaired and served as a member for small area planning task forces in the White Bear Avenue, Sun Ray, Phalen Village and Arcade Street neighborhoods.

As a Council member, Kramer serves as vice chair of the Management Committee and as a member of the Community Development Committee.

“One of my top priorities as a Council member will be to assist communities in achieving the goals of their comprehensive plans,” Kramer said. “I look forward to bringing the experience I have gained on a community and city planning level to achieve our collective goals in the region.”

Kramer also serves as vice chair of the St. Paul Charter Commission, served on a regional rail authority task force, and assisted with parks and recreation planning efforts in St. Paul. He has served as past president, past vice president and board member of the St. Paul District 2 Community Council, and also on the North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation Board of Directors. Kramer has also been active in the business community as past board member of the White Bear Avenue, Payne Arcade, and East Side Area business associations.

To contact Kramer, you may call 651.774.4971, or e-mail