A champion for Minnesota’s working families
Angie Craig is running for re-election to Congress because the opportunities she was lucky enough to have are disappearing for too many working families. Angie grew up in a mobile home park, one of three kids raised by a single mom who worked while going to school to earn her college degree. Angie’s mom taught her that if she worked hard, she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be—and Angie believed her. Angie worked two jobs to keep up with the cost of her education, and graduated from a state college. She began her career as a newspaper reporter then worked her way up in business over fifteen years to eventually lead a workforce of 16,000 employees for a major Minnesota manufacturer. As a former Fortune 500 company executive, Angie helped create jobs, empowered women and veterans to advance in their careers, and created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion. In 2000, Angie’s fight for custody of her adopted son led to a landmark ruling making it possible for other LGBTQ couples to adopt. As a leader in the Minnesota business community, Angie has been a powerful advocate for marriage equality in the state. Our country had never before had an openly lesbian mother in the House, and Angie’s 2018 victory gave LGBTQ families a new voice in the halls of power. She and her wife are proud to have raised their four sons in Minnesota and embrace this state’s values of family, community, and caring for each other — values Angie is proud to bring to Congress.
A business leader fighting to expand economic opportunity
Angie is deeply committed to expanding economic opportunity for all Minnesotans, improving access to health care, and making education affordable. As a business leader at Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical, Angie led a team united by a common goal “to grow the business by serving our patients,” she has said. “I saw firsthand the power of research and development. Our world-class team of scientists and engineers gave us products that literally saved our patients’ lives while boosting the economy.” Angie is committed to growing our economy and creating jobs that help hardworking Minnesotans get ahead. She has collaborated with four-year universities, community colleges, and technical schools to ensure that students gained the skills they needed for available good-paying jobs, and she is a fierce advocate for educational opportunity in Congress. When Angie was growing up, her family didn’t always have health insurance, and she saw firsthand how medical bills threatened their economic security. She is dedicated to fighting to expand access to affordable quality health care for all.
A must-win re-election fight
Angie was elected to represent this true purple district in 2018. Trump won this district by just over one percentage point in 2016, and we cannot take anything for granted here in 2020. Angie now faces a tough re-election fight against Republicans doing everything in their power to retake this seat. With so much at stake in 2020, let’s show Angie the full support of the EMILY’s List community to keep this champion for Minnesota working families in the House and in the majority.