Jack Hoeschler has practiced law in St. Paul for over 50 years. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (History) and New York University Law School where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. As a partner at Doherty, Rumble & Butler, the oldest law firm in Minnesota, he played important roles in the development and financing of The Science Museum of Minnesota, the William L. McKnight Omnitheater, the Ordway Music Theater, Minnesota Landmarks (the Old Federal Court Building in Rice Park), Minnesota Zoo Ride (monorail at Minnesota Zoo), the Pioneer Endicott Building and Aspen Medical Bandana Square Clinic historic renovations, the St. Paul Hotel redevelopment and other large developments.
He has served as a trustee of the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, the Nature Conservancy, The Science Museum of Minnesota, the International Federation of Choral Music – US, and other nonprofits. As a founder of the Minnesota Commissioning Club and with his wife, Linda, he has been instrumental in the commissioning of over 120 pieces of serious music.
Hoeschler’s interest in St. Paul STRONG and its goals arises from his civic work over the years and his interest in the ways that institutions (both public and private) tend to hide embarrassing information along with the details of how they carry out their responsibilities.
He successfully challenged before the Minnesota Supreme Court the long running efforts of St. Paul to convert its $32 million annual Public Works budget from a regular tax to a special assessment fee. He continues to challenge the city to properly follow the instructions of the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding its pernicious use of unappealable fees.
He feels that unless a loyal opposition like St. Paul STRONG investigates and speaks out about abuses of public power and lack of transparent procedures, the residents and taxpayers of St. Paul will be poorly served by a single party system.