Lifelong resident. Activist. Servant leader.
Austin Berger grew up attending New Hope Elementary, Forest Elementary, Meadow Lake Elementary, Robbinsdale Middle School, and graduated from Cooper High School in June, 2017. He has since studied economics and political science at the University of Minnesota.
A lifelong resident of New Hope, Austin experienced firsthand the effects of school closures on Robbinsdale Area Schools. He was first inspired at the idea of public service by serving on the core organizing team of the 2018 Minnesota March for Our Lives, which was produced by Moms/Students Demand Action Minnesota and Protect Minnesota.
As a student at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, Austin was a passionate participant in the robust shared governance system on campus. Serving as a Student Senator from the College of Liberal Arts, he worked on issues such as food insecurity and strengthening liberal education requirements for undergraduate students, and he authored the first resolution ever to be passed through student government that ratified strong support for the local Teamsters 320 union in their fight for fair wages on campus.
Austin’s campaign centers around gun violence prevention, tackling climate change, increasing accessibility of public transit for residents of district 45A, empowering the rights of labor unions, fighting for full and equitable funding for public schools, and eliminating conversion therapy in Minnesota.
Austin is passionate about bringing the voice of the next generation to public service. In addition, Austin is openly queer, and he hopes to elevate the voices of queer Minnesotans in the legislature. After being honored with the 2019 Education Award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, putting on gun violence prevention events across the state, and after studying elections and tax law as an intern in St. Paul, his track record with activism and organizing demonstrates his record as a servant leader for his community. Austin is proud to be joining a resolute and determined force of young Minnesotans stepping up and running for public office this cycle.