Norm Coleman, former US Senator and St. Paul mayor, says he has throat cancer


Norm Coleman has cancer.

The former U.S. Senator, who represented Minnesota from 2003-2009, wrote in a private Facebook post Monday he was diagnosed with throat cancer, MPR News reports.

The 66-year-old called it "very treatable" while noting the prognosis is "extremely positive," the Pioneer Press writes.

He was diagnosed after having a sore throat for a long period of time, then noticing a lump on his neck, the Star Tribune writes.

He's being treated at the Mayo Clinic, KSTP notes, but expects to continue working throughout.

Prior to his stint as a U.S. lawmaker, Coleman served as mayor of St. Paul from 1994-2002. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002 on the Republican ticket, defeating Walter Mondale – a replacement for incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash just days before the election.

Coleman very narrowly lost to current Sen. Al Franken in the 2008 election, after a recount that took months to complete.

Coleman now serves as chairman of the American Action Network – which describes itself as a center-right politically leaning "action tank." He's also Of Counsel with the Hogan Lovells law firm.

Next Up


Norm Coleman leading fundraising efforts for Republican Party

Former U.S. Senator and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman is playing a major role in the republican campaign strategy. Coleman is leading efforts to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as chairman of the American Action Network and its super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund. He also is a key foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney.