Roger standing outside, casually dressed, with his hands in his pockets. He's smiling and enjoying the beautiful Fall colors.

Roger J. Reinert

I was grateful to be elected the 40th Mayor of the City of Duluth on November 7, 2023. I brought to the office relevant experience from the private, public, and military sectors.

I am a licensed attorney, and prior to taking office was the Managing Partner of Reinert & Associates. My firm provided legal and consulting work focused on local units of government and local elected leaders.

I also spent 18 years teaching undergraduate political science and legal courses, and graduate public policy classes. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, I also hold Bachelors and Masters in Science degrees. I most recently taught at the College of St. Scholastica where I was adjunct faculty for both the Stender School of Business and Department of Political Science at the College of St. Scholastica.

Prior to being elected Mayor, I also served six years in the Minnesota Senate representing District 7, which covers nearly all of Duluth, and before that served two years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I also served five years on the Duluth City Council, where I was twice elected City Council President.

I am also a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and is currently second-in-command of the Navy’s largest Reserve Public Affairs unit. In 2019, I completed a one-year combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support, and then spent March – June, 2020, in Italy leading a COVID Crisis Action Team for the Commander of Naval Forces in Europe and Africa.

Upon my return home, I was asked to serve as the Interim Executive Director at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center 2020-2021. In the role, I provided strategic direction, management, and fiscal oversight to an organization with a $12M budget, and 500 employees. My leadership ensured the 800,000 sq ft regional asset survived the COVID pandemic.

I currently live in Duluth’s Observation Hill neighborhood. I am a sailor, avid runner, and licensed pilot.

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