Angie Craig has won the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign for her campaign in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. Craig is running for the DFL endorsement against Mary Lawrence and Roger Kittelson. All three hope to reclaim the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. John Kline who announced earlier this year that he was retiring. The DFL hasn’t held the seat since 2001.
“Angie Craig has worked tirelessly in both her personal and professional life for fairness, justice, and equality,” JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs said in a statement announcing the endorsement. “We are confident she will continue that fight as a pro-equality voice in Congress. HRC is proud to endorse her to represent Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.”
The endorsement is also the first for HRC for the 2016 election cycle. Craig is married to Cheryl Greene and the couple have four children. She is an executive at St. Jude Medical.
“I am so fortunate to now be able to raise my family in a state that proactively chose to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples,” Craig said in a statement. “But we can’t rest on past successes. There is still so much work that needs to be done in this country to eliminate discrimination against members of the LGBT community in housing, in the workplace, in adoption, among other areas. I look forward to continuing to work side-by-side with the Human Rights Campaign to champion the Equality Act as a Member of Congress and accomplish our shared goals and vision for equality.”
Craig has been fundraising for LGBT political causes. In October she spoke at the Victory Fund which helps to elect LGBT people to office at the federal, state, and local level. One attendee remarked:
I was not expecting to tear up when Angie Craig, a current candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, told her story of coming out at 17 after being raised by a single mom in an Arkansas trailer park. As an adult Craig had to fight a long custody battle for her adopted son because his biological grandparents did not think it appropriate for him to be raised by a lesbian couple. The case, which Craig won, went all the way to the Tennessee Supreme court. “My son,” she said, “is so proud to be that kid who paved the way.”
In addition to HRC, Craig has the endorsements of LGBT organizations and politicians including the Victory Fund, the Stonewall DFL, OutFront Minnesota Action, and Sen. Scott Dibble.