For Immediate Release
August 10, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Peggy Flanagan on Winning her Democratic Primary Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on gaining the Democratic nomination in her reelection bid. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud that Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan has secured the Democratic nomination in her reelection bid. Flanagan has proven to be a tireless advocate for the people who call Minnesota home, and we are proud to support this pro-choice champion as she works to advance equity and justice across the state. We know that the people of Minnesota will overwhelmingly choose this distinguished leader to continue representing them in November.”
Peggy Flanagan is a St. Louis Park, MN native and graduate of St. Louis Park public schools. She attended the University of Minnesota and went on to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education from 2005 to 2009. She later worked at Wellstone Action and the Children’s Defense Fund — Minnesota. She was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2015 and later helped form the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus. She was elected as Minnesota’s 50th lieutenant governor in 2018. Flanagan is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and is only the second Indigenous woman in the nation elected to executive office, and the only one currently holding executive office.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.