Ann Wagner

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Ann Wagner
Ann Wagner 113th Congress official photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Todd Akin
United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
In office
July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Peter Terpeluk, Jr.
Succeeded by Cynthia Stroum
Personal details
Born (1962-09-13) September 13, 1962 (age 51)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Raymond Wagner
Residence Ballwin, Missouri
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Representative Ann Wagner

Ann Louise Wagner (born September 13, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2013. The district includes most of St. Louis' southern and western suburbs.

Previously, she served as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009. Prior to her diplomatic post, Wagner was Chair of the Missouri Republican Party for six years, from 1999 until 2005, and Co-chair of the Republican National Committee for four years.

Early life and education[edit]

Wagner was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, attended the all-girls' Cor Jesu Academy, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a BSBA from the Business School with an emphasis in Logistics. After college, Ann went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.[1]

Pre-congressional political career[edit]

1990s[edit]

Wagner entered Republican politics in 1990, heading the GOP's efforts during the decennial redistricting of Missouri. In 1992 she was state director of the campaign for the re-election of President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.

2000s[edit]

Chairwoman of Missouri GOP[edit]

She was elected to her first term of office as chair of the Missouri party in 1999, becoming the first woman to occupy the position. Her most notable achievement in that role came during her second two-year term when she oversaw the party's taking of majority control of both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly, winning the Senate in a 2001 special election and the House in the 2002 general election, the first time this had been seen for over 40 years. During her third term, the party held its majorities in both chambers and also took the Governor's seat for the first time in 12 years with the election of Matt Blunt in 2004, giving the GOP complete control of state government for the first time since 1921. Her six years as chairwoman saw George W. Bush carry Missouri in both of his presidential bids, and also saw the Republican win a majority of the state's congressional delegation.

National campaigning[edit]

In 2001 she took office as a co-chair of the Republican National Committee, and helped preside over the 2004 Republican National Convention. In this role she took a strong role in directing the development of the Winning Women initiative, whose aim was to improve the image of the GOP towards women and demonstrate the relevance of its platform to them. Her work with the committee took her to 48 states. In January 2005, she left her role as co-chair after one term.

In 2004, Wagner was a fundraising "ranger" for President George W. Bush.

U.S. Ambassadorship[edit]

On February 20, 2005, Wagner was elected to a fourth term as Chair of the state GOP. On May 16 she was nominated by President Bush to the position of United States Ambassador to Luxembourg. She had no previous diplomatic experience. On July 16, 2005 she was confirmed in the post by a voice vote in the United States Senate, after which Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo) said that she was, "A considerate woman, whose character and abilities uniquely qualify her to represent our nation."

On August 1 she was sworn in as Ambassador by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Harry S. Truman Building of the US Department of State in Washington D.C..[2]

2010s[edit]

2010 U.S. Senate election[edit]

After returning from Luxembourg, Wagner served as Chairman for Roy Blunt's successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Blunt defeated Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 54%-41%.

2011 RNC Chairman election[edit]

On November 29, 2010, Wagner sent a video message to the committee members of the Republican National Committee announcing she was running for RNC Chair.[3] The election was held in January 2011,[4] and Wagner conceded after the sixth round after receiving 17 votes[5] The contest was won by Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Wagner announced her candidacy for Missouri's 2nd congressional district after incumbent Todd Akin announced he would not run for re-election in order to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012. She received endorsements from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, and the pro-life women's group the Susan B. Anthony List. She won the four-candidate Republican primary—the real contest in this strongly Republican district—with 66% of the vote.[6] In November, she defeated Democrat nominee Glenn Koenen 60%-37%.[7] She is the third Republican woman elected to Congress from Missouri (after Jo Ann Emerson and Vicky Hartzler), and the second who was not elected as a stand-in for her husband (after Hartzler; Emerson was originally elected to finish out the term of her late husband, Bill Emerson).

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of legislation sponsored by Rep. Wagner.

Personal life[edit]

Wagner is married to Ray Wagner, a former Missouri director of revenue, and has three children: Raymond III, a recent West Point graduate stationed at Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne, Stephen, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis and Mary Ruth, a high school senior at Ursuline Academy.[1] They live in Ballwin, a wealthy suburb of St. Louis.

She has been involved with a number of charities in the St. Louis area, including the Foster Care Coalition and the American Red Cross.

Recent events[edit]

Congresswoman Wagner recently spoke at a Ripon Society forum and addressed the 2013 IRS scandal and tax reform. Wagner stated that it was the Administration's lack of oversight and connection to the issue that has caused these problems. [It is] "...a failure of leadership when you have a president who is so disconnected -- not from our conference and our party, but from his own Democrat Party and other leadership here on the Hill. This is the trickledown effect of real arrogance here."[9]

On July 24, 2013, Wagner voted to continue funding NSA surveillance.

On September 30, 2013, after the beginning of the government shutdown, Wagner asked for her pay to be withheld.[10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Terpeluk, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Cynthia Stroum
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Akin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Filemon Vela
D-Texas
United States Representatives by seniority
427th
Succeeded by
Jackie Walorski
R-Indiana