A champion for Minnesota’s working families
Angie Craig ran for 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 has helped create jobs, empowered women and veterans to advance in their careers, and created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion. As a leader in the Minnesota business community, Angie has been a powerful advocate for marriage equality in the state. 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.
An historic victory in a swing district
Angie successfully challenged Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in a true purple district. Our country has never before had an openly lesbian mother in the House, and Angie’s victory gives LGBTQ families a new voice in the halls of power. 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. She has said “we can’t rest on past successes” when it comes to advancing equality—especially at a time when the Republicans in Washington advance an extreme anti-family agenda that threatens to undo the progress we’ve worked so hard to make. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for Minnesota working families.