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Kathleen A. Gaylord
Admitted to bar, 1979, Minnesota


Kathleen Gaylord is an attorney and partner at Weinblatt & Gaylord PLC. Her work includes tax analysis, real estate financing, and employment law. In addition, Kathleen has taught Election Law for the Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE). In previous employment, Kathleen served as Regional Manager of Properties and Facilities for Northwest Airlines, Inc. managing a portfolio of airport properties across the country prior to her promotion to the position of Senior Corporate Counsel. While at Northwest, she was successful in acquiring almost a billion dollars in airline assistance aid from the Minnesota Legislature to preserve 18,000 jobs in Minnesota. As the Chair of the Public Affairs Committee for the Air Transportation Association in Washington, DC, Kathleen also lobbied Congress and state legislatures across the country on behalf of the airline industry and has lectured on transportation issues across the United States. Before joining Northwest, Kathleen worked for the Minnesota legislature. Her work focused on tax legislation and research. Kathleen developed an income-based property tax relief system known as the "Circuit Breaker" for the Minnesota Legislature and, while Executive Director of the Minnesota Tax Study Commission, designed the first computer simulation of the state's complex tax and local government aid system.


Kathleen earned a BA degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in economics and a J.D. degree in law from the William Mitchell College of Law. Her education also includes post- graduate work at the University of Minnesota in both business taxation and public administration.


In 2002 Kathleen Gaylord was elected Dakota County Commissioner after serving ten years as the Mayor of South St. Paul and eight years as a member of the South St. Paul City Council.  As Mayor, Kathleen chaired the National League of Cities Transportation Steering and Policy Committees and was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors.  As Commissioner, Kathleen has been elected to chair the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 2006 and 2009, and to serve as Vice Chair in 2005 and 2012.  She is chair of the Administration, Finance and Planning Committee of the Board and chair of the Dakota County Law Library Board of Trustees.  She has served as Vice Chair of the Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of Counties and chaired numerous regional boards including the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Board, and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.


Education: Macalester College; University of Minnesota (B.A., magna cum laude); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.).


Experience: Executive Director, Minnesota Tax Study Commission; Senior Corporate Counsel, Northwest Airlines, Inc; Mayor, South St. Paul, Minnesota; President, Dakota County League of Governments; President, Metropolitan Public Airports Foundation; Co-Chair, Metro East Development Partnership; Commissioner, Dakota County Board of Commissioners.


Legal Associations: Dakota County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

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