Angela Dawn Craig (born February 14, 1972) is an American politician and journalist serving as the U.S. Representative from Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. Craig is a member of the Democratic Party. Her political positions are considered left-leaning.[1] Her district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Shakopee.

Early life and career

Craig was born in West Helena, Arkansas, in 1972.[2][3] She graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas,[4] and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.[5]

After college, Craig interned at The Commercial Appeal and became a full-time reporter.[6] She lived in London from 2002 through 2005,[3][7] and worked at St. Jude Medical in human resources and communications from 2005 to 2017.[8][9][10]

U.S. House of Representatives

Angie Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Elections

2016

In 2016, Craig ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.[11] She announced her candidacy before Republican incumbent John Kline announced his retirement.[9] She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she faced former conservative talk show host Jason Lewis.[11] She lost by fewer than 7,000 votes.

2018

Craig sought a rematch with Lewis in the 2018 elections.[8] As in 2016, she was 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.[12][13] Craig received 52.6% of the vote, winning three of the six counties in the district.[14][15]

When she took office in January 2019, she became the first Democrat to represent Minnesota’s 2nd district since it assumed its current configuration in 2003.[citation needed]

2020

In a verified recording, Legal Marijuana Now Party nominee Adam Weeks said that Republican operatives offered him $15,000 to run for Congress in the 2nd district in order to “pull votes away” from Craig. Weeks said, “They want me to run as a third-party, liberal candidate, which I’m down. I can play the liberal, you know that.”[16][17] Leaders of prominent pro-marijuana legalization groups Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation, Sensible Change Minnesota, and Minnesota NORML condemned the GOP strategy as “unconscionable”.[16]

In late September, Weeks died of a drug overdose, throwing the election into chaos. Minnesota law requires a special election if a major-party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The law was enacted to prevent a repeat of the circumstances of the 2002 U. S. Senate election, in which incumbent Paul Wellstone died 11 days before the general election. Since the Legal Marijuana Now Party was a major party in Minnesota (by virtue of its 2018 candidate for state auditor winning five percent of the vote), the 2nd District race was set to be postponed to February 9, 2021.[18] Craig sued to keep the election on November 3, arguing that the requirement for a special election could leave the 2nd district without representation for almost a month, and also violated federal election law.[19] Republican nominee Tyler Kistner joined the Minnesota Secretary of State as a defendant. The federal judge hearing the case ruled for Craig, noting that federal election law barred moving the date of House elections in all but a few circumstances. Kistner appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which also sided with Craig. The appeals court held that the death of a candidate from a party with “modest electoral strength” could not justify postponing the election. After Kistner’s appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected, the election was cleared to continue as scheduled on November 3.[17][20][21][22][23]

Tenure

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, placing her 114th out of 435 members.[24]

During Donald Trump‘s presidency, Craig voted in line with Trump’s stated position 5.5% of the time.[25] As of September 2021, Craig had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[26]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2020[29]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig (incumbent) 204,031 48.18
RepublicanTyler Kistner194,46645.92
Legal Marijuana NowAdam Charles Weeks24,6935.83
Write-in2700.06
Total votes423,460 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2018[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig 177,958 52.66
RepublicanJason Lewis (incumbent)159,34447.15
Write-in6660.20
Total votes337,968 100.0
Democratic (DFL) gain from Republican
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2016[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jason Lewis 173,970 46.95
Democratic (DFL)Angie Craig167,31545.16
IndependencePaula Overby28,8697.79
Write-in3600.10
Total votes370,514 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Craig lives in Eagan, Minnesota.[11] She and her wife, Cheryl Greene, have four children.[32] She is Lutheran.[33]

See also

References

  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 November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Montgomery, David (October 7, 2016). “Angie Craig: Adoption struggle shaped 2nd District candidate”. Twincities.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ “Angie Craig, former Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter, now in Congress”. Commercialappeal.com. November 9, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  5. ^ “News”. Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Renzetti, Jackie (July 25, 2018). “Voter guide: Angie Craig talks key issues”. Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Gessner, John (September 22, 2016). “Eagan resident Angie Craig looks to Washington”. hometownsource.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b “Angie Craig officially announces run against Rep. Kline”. MinnPost. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ “Second District race: What it would mean to elect a former medical device executive to Congress”. MinnPost. January 26, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c “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.
  12. ^ “LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave”. Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Romi Oltuski (October 21, 2018). “If She Wins, Angie Craig Will Be the First Lesbian Mom in Congress”. InStyle. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ “Minnesota Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  15. ^ “MN Election Results”. electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Before death, pro-marijuana candidate reportedly said GOP recruited him to “pull votes away” from Minnesota Democrat, CBS News, October 29, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Bierschbach, Briana (October 28, 2020). “Pot party candidate said GOP recruited him to ‘pull votes’ from Minnesota Democrat”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 207). Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Van Berkel, Jessie (September 28, 2020). “Rep. Angie Craig files lawsuit over delay of Second Congressional District race”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 178). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  19. ^ Van Oot, Torey; Condon, Patrick (October 10, 2020). “Judge blocks delay of Minnesota congressional race”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 189). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  20. ^ Van Berkel, Jessie (October 23, 2020). “Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election stays on Nov. 3, Appeals Court rules”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 203). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Brian Bakst (October 9, 2020). “Judge: Winner of CD2 race must be decided in November”. Minnesota Public Radio.
  22. ^ Brian Bakst (October 23, 2020). “Appeals court rules 2nd district race should proceed”. Minnesota Public Radio.
  23. ^ “The Lugar Center – McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)” (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  24. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump – Angie Craig”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  26. ^ “Join the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus – DearColleague.us”. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  27. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  28. ^ “State General Election 2020 − Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  29. ^ “State General Election 2018 – Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  30. ^ “State General Election 2016 – Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  31. ^ “GOP official jabs Angie Craig’s family”. Blogs.mprnews.org. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  32. ^ “Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 117th Congress”. www.pewforum.org. January 4, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.

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