January 6, 2016
EMILY’s List Endorses Angie Craig for Congress in Minnesota’s Second District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Angie Craig, who’s running to represent Minnesota’s Second District in Congress and continue her lifelong fight for women and families.
“Angie Craig is a progressive champion and business leader who has helped create jobs, worked to empower women to advance in their careers, and created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion," said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Issues like affordable education, ending gender discrimination in pay, and improving access to health care are deeply personal for her, and she’ll fight tirelessly for all Minnesotans to have a fair shot. Minnesota has never elected an openly gay candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives, and Angie – an extraordinary advocate for the rights of LGBT parents – is poised to be the first. The Second District is a key pickup opportunity for Democrats in 2016, and the EMILY’s List community of over three million members is thrilled to endorse Angie Craig’s campaign to make history in Minnesota.”
Angie grew up in a trailer 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 while going to school at the University of Memphis and went to work as a journalist after graduation. As a Fortune 500 company executive for over ten years, Angie has helped create jobs, worked to empower women to advance in their careers, and created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion. As a leader in the Minnesota business community, Angie used her position to advocate for marriage equality in the state. Angie is a progressive champion for the middle class, for whom issues like affordable education, ending gender discrimination in pay, and improving access to health care are deeply personal. Angie and her wife have four children, and she will be the first openly gay member of Congress from Minnesota, a state that has never before elected an LGBT representative to Congress. In 2000, Angie’s fight for custody of her adopted son led to a landmark ruling making it possible for other same-sex couples to adopt. A forward-thinking, pragmatic leader, Angie has said she believes “we can’t rest on past successes” when it comes to advancing equality. “There is still so much work that needs to be done in this country to eliminate discrimination against members of the LGBT community in housing, in the workplace, [and] in adoption, among other areas.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.