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Angie Craig
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJason Lewis
Personal details
Angela Dawn Craig

(1972-02-14) February 14, 1972 (age 52)
West Helena, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Cheryl Greene
(m. 2008)
EducationUniversity of Memphis (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Angela Dawn Craig (born February 14, 1972) is an American politician, retired journalist, and former businesswoman. A member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she has served as the U.S. representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district since 2019. The district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities and outlying rural areas to the southwest.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Craig worked in journalism and corporate communications. She moved to Minnesota in 2005 for a job at St. Jude Medical. Craig first ran for Congress in 2016, losing to Jason Lewis, whom she defeated in their 2018 rematch.[1]

Craig is the first openly LGBT+ member of Congress from Minnesota and the first lesbian mother to serve in Congress.[2]

Early life and career

Craig was born in West Helena, Arkansas, in 1972.[3][4] She graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro[5] and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.[6]

After college, Craig interned at The Commercial Appeal and became a full-time reporter.[7] She lived in London from 2002 through 2005,[4][8] and worked at St. Jude Medical in human resources and communications from 2005 to 2017.[9][10][11]

U.S. House of Representatives



Angie Craig in 2016

In 2016, Craig ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.[12] She announced her candidacy before Republican incumbent John Kline announced his retirement.[10] She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she faced former conservative talk show host Jason Lewis.[12] She lost by fewer than 7,000 votes.


Craig sought a rematch with Lewis in 2018.[9] As in 2016, she was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she defeated Lewis, whose candor was felt to be his eventual undoing. Regarding slavery, for instance, he said in 2016, "If you don't want to own a slave, don't, but don't tell other people they can't."[13]

Craig is 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.[14][15] She received 52.6% of the vote, winning three of the six counties in the district.[16][17] When she took office on January 3, 2019, she became the first DFLer to represent this district since it was reconfigured as a south suburban district in 2003.


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."[18][19] Leaders of prominent pro-marijuana legalization groups Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation, Sensible Change Minnesota, and Minnesota NORML condemned the GOP strategy as "unconscionable".[18]

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[19][22][23][24][25]


In the 2022 election, Craig defeated Republican nominee Tyler Kistner in a rematch of the 2020 election[26] with 51% of the vote.[27]


Angie Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota
Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota

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.[28]

During Donald Trump's presidency, Craig voted in line with Trump's stated position 5.5% of the time.[29] As of June 2022, Craig had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[30]

On February 25, 2022, Craig introduced the Affordable Insulin Now Act, a bill intended to cap out-of-pocket insulin prices at $35 per month. The bill passed the House.[31][32]

On April 27, 2023, Craig's congressional office announced that its staff would no longer be required to have bachelor's degrees.[33]

Craig has played a role in negotiations for the 2024 United States federal budget, in which the far-right Freedom Caucus has demanded deep spending cuts and refused to work with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. In response to the intraparty dispute, on September 20, 2023, Craig introduced the MCCARTHY (My Constituents Cannot Afford Rebellious Tantrums, Handle Your) Shutdown Act, which proposes that members' pay be withheld for each day that a federal government shutdown lasts.[34]

Craig voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100 percent of the time in the 117th Congress, according to FiveThirtyEight.[35]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[36]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

On February 1, 2023, Craig was one of 12 Democrats to vote for a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency.[41][42]

Craig voted to provide Israel with support following the 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[43][44]

Electoral history

Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, 2022[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig (incumbent) 165,581 50.87
Republican Tyler Kistner 148,578 45.65
Legal Marijuana Now Paula M. Overby 10,730 3.30
Write-in 585 0.18
Total votes 325,474 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, 2020[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig (incumbent) 204,031 48.18
Republican Tyler Kistner 194,466 45.92
Legal Marijuana Now Adam Charles Weeks 24,693 5.83
Write-in 270 0.06
Total votes 423,460 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, 2018[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig 177,958 52.66
Republican Jason Lewis (incumbent) 159,344 47.15
Write-in 666 0.20
Total votes 337,968 100.0
Democratic (DFL) gain from Republican
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, 2016[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Lewis 173,970 46.95
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig 167,315 45.16
Independence Paula Overby 28,869 7.79
Write-in 360 0.10
Total votes 370,514 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

In 2020, Craig moved to Prior Lake, Minnesota, after living in Eagan, Minnesota, for nearly 10 years.[49] She and her wife, Cheryl Greene, were married in 2008 and have four sons, who were teenagers during her first run for Congress in 2016.[50][51]

Craig is a Lutheran.[52]

Craig was physically assaulted in the elevator of her Washington, D.C., apartment building on February 9, 2023.[53] The man who assaulted her was sentenced to 27 months in prison.[54]

See also


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  50. ^ Angie Craig [@RepAngieCraig] (October 25, 2022). "What a journey together. Happy 14th wedding anniversary today to the best wife, mother and grandmother" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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