|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Jason Lewis|
Angela Dawn Craig
February 14, 1972
West Helena, Arkansas, U.S.
|Education||University 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 from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, having defeated incumbent Republican Jason Lewis in the 2018 elections. The district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights Apple Valley and Savage. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and career
Craig was born in West Helena, Arkansas, in 1972. She graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.
After college, Craig interned at The Commercial Appeal and became a full-time reporter. She moved to New London, Minnesota, and worked at St. Jude Medical in human resources and communications from 2005 through 2017.
U.S. House of Representatives
2016 general election
In the 2016 elections, Craig ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. She announced her candidacy before Republican incumbent John Kline announced his retirement. She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she faced former conservative talk show host Jason Lewis. She lost by fewer than 7,000 votes.
2018 general election
Craig sought a rematch with Lewis in the 2018 elections. As in 2016, Craig ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She defeated Lewis, becoming the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress, the first woman to be elected in Minnesota's 2nd district, and the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota. Craig received 52.6% of the vote, winning three of the six counties in the district.
When she took office in January 2019, she became the first Democrat to represent the 2nd since it assumed its current configuration as a south suburban district in 2003.
According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Craig held a Bipartisan Index Score of 0.3 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, which placed her 114th out of 435 members. Based on FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker at ABC News, Craig voted with Donald Trump's stated public policy positions 5.5% of the time, which ranked her below average in the 116th United States Congress when predictive scoring (district partisanship and voting record) is used.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Committee on Small Business
- Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Congressional Progressive Caucus
- New Democrat Coalition
|Republican||Jason Lewis (incumbent)||159,344||47.1|
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor gain from Republican|
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- "Second District race: What it would mean to elect a former medical device executive to Congress". MinnPost. January 26, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "It's Jason Lewis vs. Angie Craig in what's likely to be one of the most-watched congressional races in the country". MinnPost. August 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave | HuffPost". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Romi Oltuski (October 21, 2018). "If She Wins, Angie Craig Will Be the First Lesbian Mom in Congress". InStyle. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- "Minnesota Election Results: Second House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)" (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump - Angie Craig". ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Join the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus – DearColleague.us". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Minnesota State Primary 2016 - Results for U.S. Representative District 2". Minnesota Secretary of State. August 9, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
- "State General Election 2016 - Results for U.S. Representative District 2". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
- "State General Election 2018 - Results for U.S. Representative District 2". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
- "GOP official jabs Angie Craig's family | Capitol View | Minnesota Public Radio News". Blogs.mprnews.org. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Angie Craig.|
- Congresswoman Angie Craig official U.S. House website
- Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|Preceded by |
T. J. Cox
| United States Representatives by seniority |
|116th||Senate: A. Klobuchar • T. Smith||House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • T. Emmer • A. Craig • J. Hagedorn • I. Omar • D. Phillips • P. Stauber|