inneapolis City Council Member Robert Lilligren has represented the 6th Ward of the City of Minneapolis since January, 2006. He was first elected to represent the 8th Ward in November 2001. With no political background or experience, he entered public life because of a strong desire to help his fellow Minneapolitans and to bring a strong voice to core-city concerns.
He has a strong background in community activism, housing development, and on transportation issues. He is a self-employed small-scale housing developer/property manager. When first elected to office, Lilligren was serving as a volunteer on eight different community boards and commissions including as a founder and vice-chair of Phillips West Neighborhood organization, the Midtown Greenway Coalition (a bike/walk advocacy group), the Hennepin County-appointed I-35W Project Advisory Committee and as an advisor and board member to non-profit housing groups throughout South Minneapolis.
He has led efforts to invest a $25 million federal grant to Minneapolis to shift people from motorized to non-motorized transportation. He was appointed to the Bike Walk Advisory Committee to advise the board of Transit for Livable Communities on these non-motorized investments. Also, he holds the City of Minneapolis appointment on the recently formed Grant Evaluation and Ranking System committee created by the State Legislature to bring more meaningful local voices to regional transit investments made by the Counties Transit Improvement Board with the counties quarter-cent sales tax for transit.