Angie Craig

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Angie Craig
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Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingJason Lewis
Personal details
Born (1972-02-14) February 14, 1972 (age 46)
West Helena, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Cheryl Greene
Children4
EducationUniversity of Memphis (BA)

Angela Dawn Craig (born February 14, 1972) is an American politician from the state of Minnesota. She is the United States Representative-elect for Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, having defeated incumbent Republican Jason Lewis in the 2018 elections.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Craig was born in West Helena, Arkansas in 1972.[2][3] She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.[4]

Career[edit]

After college, she interned at The Commercial Appeal and became a full-time reporter.[5] She moved to London, Minnesota,[3][6] and worked at St. Jude Medical in human resources and communications from 2005 through 2017.[7][8][9]

Political career[edit]

In the 2016 elections, Craig ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.[10] She announced her candidacy before Republican incumbent John Kline announced his retirement.[8] She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she faced former conservative talk show host Jason Lewis.[10] She lost by fewer than 7,000 votes.

In 2018, Craig sought a rematch with Lewis.[7] She defeated Lewis, becoming the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress, and the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Craig lives in Eagan, Minnesota.[10] She and her wife, Cheryl Greene, have four children.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angie Craig Tops Jason Lewis For 2nd District Seat". WCCO. November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Angie Craig (DFL) | News & Analysis | Inside Elections". www.insideelections.com. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ a b Montgomery, David (October 7, 2016). "Angie Craig: Adoption struggle shaped 2nd District candidate". Twincities.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "News". Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Renzetti, Jackie (July 25, 2018). "Voter guide: Angie Craig talks key issues". Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Gessner, John (September 22, 2016). "Eagan resident Angie Craig looks to Washington | Local News". hometownsource.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Rao, Maya (August 27, 2018). "In rematch with Jason Lewis, Angie Craig seeks stronger connection with voters". StarTribune.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  8. ^ a b June 4, 2015. "Angie Craig officially announces run against Rep. Kline". MinnPost. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Second District race: What it would mean to elect a former medical device executive to Congress". MinnPost. January 26, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c October 8, 2016 (August 13, 2016). "It's Jason Lewis vs. Angie Craig in what's likely to be one of the most-watched congressional races in the country". MinnPost. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  11. ^ :. "LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave | HuffPost". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  12. ^ Romi Oltuski (October 21, 2018). "If She Wins, Angie Craig Will Be the First Lesbian Mom in Congress". InStyle. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "GOP official jabs Angie Craig's family | Capitol View | Minnesota Public Radio News". Blogs.mprnews.org. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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