Today, Women Winning announced its endorsement of U.S. Senator Tina Smith and U.S. Representative Angie Craig for re-election in 2020.
“Minnesota will be a key battleground state in 2020 and Women Winning is proud to take early action in these critical races to ensure Senator Smith and Representative Craig are re-elected,” said Meggie Wittorf, Executive Director of Women Winning. “Senator Smith and Representative Craig are steady, principled leaders who work tirelessly for the people of Minnesota and our state will continue to benefit from their leadership. Minnesota leads the nation as one of few states with 50% of its federal delegation comprised of pro-choice women. Women Winning is committed to protecting — and expanding — pro-choice women’s representation at all levels of office in 2020.”
“Women Winning has been with me from the very beginning and I’m proud to earn their endorsement. I will never stop fighting for women and families, and I look forward to serving a full term in the U.S. Senate working on behalf of all Minnesotans,” said Smith.
In 2018, Tina Smith decisively won her special election for U.S. Senate by 10.5 points. The only U.S. Senator to have worked for Planned Parenthood, she is a committed, consistent advocate for reproductive rights. Senator Smith is tackling the issues that are important to Minnesotans, including access to affordable healthcare, economic security, and opioid addiction prevention.
“It’s an honor to represent my neighbors in the Second Congressional District. With Women Winning by my side, I look forward to earning re-election in 2020,” said Craig. “I am proud to be the first woman to represent my district and to be part of Minnesota’s powerful legacy of pro-choice women’s leadership.”
Angie Craig was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 in one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation. She has already introduced and co-authored hundreds of bills to improve Minnesotans’ lives and address constituent concerns including protecting family farms, supporting our veterans, and getting dark money out of politics.
Women Winning has been working for 37 years to elect pro-choice women to all levels of public office, from park board to President of the United States. In that time, Women Winning has raised and contributed millions of dollars to pro-choice women’s campaigns, endorsed thousands of candidates, and has more than tripled the number of pro-choice women elected officials in Minnesota. Its endorsement comes with strategic campaign guidance, training, and financial and grassroots support.