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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Todd Akin|
|United States Ambassador to Luxembourg|
August 16, 2005 – June 27, 2009
|President||George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Peter Terpeluk|
|Succeeded by||Cynthia Stroum|
|Born||Ann Louise Trousdale
September 13, 1962
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Missouri, Columbia (BS)|
Ann Louise Wagner (née Trousdale; born September 13, 1962) is an American politician who currently serves as the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2013. The district, based in St. Louis County, is heavily suburban and the wealthiest district in the state. It includes most of St. Louis's southern and western suburbs as well as some of the northern exurbs in St. Charles County.
Wagner is a member of the Republican Party. 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. In 2016, Wagner made headlines by joining a long list of Republicans who opposed the GOP nominee for President, Donald Trump. Wagner's position on Trump changed several times since her initial endorsement in September; in October she withdrew her support and called on Trump to step down, but in November walked that statement back and voiced her intent to vote for Trump.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Pre-congressional political career
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Recent events
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and education
Wagner was born and raised in St. Louis. She attended Cor Jesu Academy, a private Catholic all-girls school in South County, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a BSBA from the business school with an emphasis in logistics. After college, she went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
Pre-congressional political career
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 unsuccessful campaign for the reelection of President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.
Chairwoman of Missouri GOP
She was elected to her first term of office as chair of the Missouri Republican 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 chairperson witnessed George W. Bush carry Missouri in both of his presidential bids and also saw the Republican Party win a majority of the state's congressional delegation.
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 position, 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.
On February 20, 2005, Wagner was elected to a fourth term as Chair of the Missouri Republican Party. On May 16, she was nominated by President Bush to the position of United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, although she had no previous diplomatic experience at the time. On July 16, 2005, she was confirmed in the post by a voice vote in the United States Senate, after which U.S. 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 U.S. 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..
2010 U.S. Senate election
After returning from Luxembourg, Wagner served as Chairwoman for Roy Blunt's successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Blunt defeated Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 54%-41% to retain the seat in the Republican column following Kit Bond's retirement from the seat.
2011 RNC Chairman election
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. The election was held in January 2011, and Wagner conceded after the sixth round after receiving 17 votes The contest was ultimately won by Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.
U.S. House of Representatives
Wagner announced her candidacy for Missouri's 2nd congressional district after incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin announced his unsuccessful bid to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. Wagner received endorsements from Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, and the pro-life women's group the Susan B. Anthony List. She won the four-way Republican primary—the de facto election in this strongly Republican district—with 66% of the vote. In November, she won the general election by 23 points.
Wagner 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).
In her first bid for reelection, Wagner ran unopposed in the Republican primary and proceeded to easily win the general election while simultaneously increasing her margin of victory from her first election in 2012.
Representative Wagner also won reelection in 2016
The following is an incomplete list of legislation sponsored by Rep. Wagner.
- Retail Investor Protection Act (H.R. 2374; 113th Congress) – a bill that would delay the Department of Labor's regulations on when a financial advisor must be considered a fiduciary until the Securities and Exchange Commission has made their own decision on the matter.
- Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4225; 113th Congress) – a bill that would prohibit knowingly benefitting financially from, receiving anything of value from, or distributing advertising that offers a commercial sex act in a manner that violates federal criminal code prohibitions against sex trafficking of children or of any person by force, fraud, or coercion. The bill would make it a felony to post prostitution ads online. Wagner said that Congress was "taking steps towards ending what I would call modern-day slavery." Wagner argued that her bill had been reviewed by the Justice Department in an attempt to ensure that it did not violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution's guarantee of the right to free speech. Wagner argued that the House had not passed any legislation on human trafficking in 13 years, and that "our efforts to combat sex trafficking need to be updated to match the problem as it stands today."
- Retail Investor Protection Act (HR 1090; 114th Congress)—a revised version of legislation sponsored by Rep. Wagner that would delay the DOL's regulations regarding fiduciary advisors passed the U.S. House of Representatives on October 27, 2015 by a vote of 245-186.
- Committee on Financial Services
Wagner is married to Ray Wagner Jr, a former Missouri director of revenue, and has three children: Raymond III (Married to Julia, [nee: Grawe] of St. Louis, Missouri), a West Point graduate and U.S. Army Ranger stationed at Fort Stewart, GA with the 3rd Infantry Division, Stephen, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Mary Ruth, a senior at Miami University.
Her mother-in-law was Loretto Wagner, a noted pro-life activist, who died on June 17, 2015, of complications from diabetes at age 81.
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."
On September 30, 2013, after the beginning of the government shutdown, Wagner asked for her pay to be withheld.
- Wagman, Jake (January 11, 2011). "Ann Wagner makes strong bid to head GOP". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- Glueck, Katie (October 8, 2016). "Republican women are done with Trump". Politico. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- "Entire Missouri Republican Congressional Delegation and All Republican Statewide Nominees Officially Endorse Donald Trump for President". SEMO Times. September 28, 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Raasch, Chuck (October 8, 2016). "Reps. Ann Wagner, Rodney Davis withdraw support, urge Trump to pull out of race". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Raasch, Chuck (November 3, 2016). "Ann Wagner, who last month withdrew Trump endorsement, now says she will vote for GOP nominee". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20131004215542/http://annwagner.com/meet-ann/. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. Missing or empty
- "Wagner confirmed as ambassador to Luxembourg". St. Louis Business Journal. June 17, 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
- Blake, Aaron (November 29, 2010). "Wagner launches bid for RNC chair". voices.washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- "Maria Cino Officially Enters Race For RNC Chair - ABC News". Blogs.abcnews.com. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Wagner out of the race to lead RNC | Elections live". Stltoday.com. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "MO District 2 - R Primary Race - Aug 07, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "MO District 2 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "H.R. 4225 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Zagier, Alan Scher (13 March 2014). "Wagner promotes bill to shut down online sex ads". The Washington Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Not for Sale: The SAVE Act". House Office of Ann Wagner. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Ann, Wagner, (2015-10-28). "Actions - H.R.1090 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Retail Investor Protection Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- "COMMITTEE MEMBERS". financialservices.house.gov. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
- "Loretto Wagner, longtime St. Louis-area anti-abortion activist, dies." St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- "This is something that sends chills down regular Americans' spines". The Ripon Society. May 21, 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ann Wagner.|
- Congresswoman Ann Wagner official U.S. House site
- Ann Wagner for Congress
- Ann Wagner at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
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