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
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Todd Akin
United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
In office
August 16, 2005 – June 27, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Peter Terpeluk
Succeeded by Cynthia Stroum
Personal details
Born Ann Louise Trousdale
(1962-09-13) September 13, 1962 (age 53)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Raymond Wagner
Alma mater University of Missouri, Columbia
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website House website

Ann Louise Wagner (née Trousdale;[1] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2]

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 unsuccessful campaign for the reelection 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 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.

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 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.

U.S. Ambassadorship[edit]

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..[3]

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% to retain the seat in the Republican column following Kit Bond's retirement from the seat.

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.[4] The election was held in January 2011,[5] and Wagner conceded after the sixth round after receiving 17 votes[6] The contest was ultimately won by Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012[edit]

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.[7] In November, she won the general election by 23 points.[8]

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).

2012 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 2nd Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ann Wagner 236,971 60.08
Democratic Glenn Koenen 146,272 37.08
Libertarian Bill Slantz 9,193 2.33
Constitution Anatol Zorikova 2,012 0.51

2014[edit]

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.

2014 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 2nd Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ann Wagner 148,191 64.12
Democratic Arthur Lieber 75,384 32.62
Libertarian Bill Slantz 7,542 3.26

Tenure[edit]

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

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wagner is married to Ray Wagner, a former Missouri director of revenue, and has three children: Raymond III (Married to Julia, [nee: Grawe] of St. Louis, Missouri), a recent West Point graduate stationed at Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne, Stephen, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Mary Ruth, a junior at Miami University.[2]

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.[14]

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."[15]

On September 30, 2013, after the beginning of the government shutdown, Wagner asked for her pay to be withheld.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagman, Jake (January 11, 2011). "Ann Wagner makes strong bid to head GOP". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b 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 |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Wagner confirmed as ambassador to Luxembourg". St. Louis Business Journal. June 17, 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Blake, Aaron (November 29, 2010). "Wagner launches bid for RNC chair". voices.washingtonpost.com (Washington Post). Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Maria Cino Officially Enters Race For RNC Chair - ABC News". Blogs.abcnews.com. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Wagner out of the race to lead RNC | Elections live". Stltoday.com. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  7. ^ "MO District 2 - R Primary Race - Aug 07, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  8. ^ "MO District 2 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  9. ^ "H.R. 4225 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Zagier, Alan Scher (13 March 2014). "Wagner promotes bill to shut down online sex ads". The Washington Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Not for Sale: The SAVE Act". House Office of Ann Wagner. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Ann, Wagner, (2015-10-28). "Actions - H.R.1090 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Retail Investor Protection Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  13. ^ "COMMITTEE MEMBERS". financialservices.house.gov. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Loretto Wagner, longtime St. Louis-area anti-abortion activist, dies." St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  15. ^ "This is something that sends chills down regular Americans’ spines". The Ripon Society. May 21, 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

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

2013–present
Incumbent
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Filemon Vela
United States Representatives by seniority
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