Peggy Flanagan Biography, Age, Salary, Net worth, Family, Husband, Elections

Peggy Flanagan is an American 50th lieutenant governor of Minnesota born on September 22, 1979 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota U.S. In her elections she was the first American woman to be elected state wide in the executive office of U.S history. Before she served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.

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Peggy Flanagan Biography

Peggy Flanagan is an American 50th lieutenant governor of Minnesota born on September 22, 1979 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota U.S. In her elections she was the first American woman to be elected state wide in the executive office of U.S history. Before she served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.

Peggy Flanagan Age

Peggy Flanagan was born on 22nd September 1979 (she is 39 years old as of 2018)

Peggy Flanagan Salary

Peggy Flanagan earns a salary of $31, 141.

Peggy Flanagan Net worth

Peggy Flanagan has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

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Peggy Flanagan Family

Peggy Flanagan was born from a single mother in St. Louis Park, Minnesota just west of Minneapolis.

Peggy Flanagan Husband

Peggy Flanagan was married but they divorced in 2017. She has one daughter with her former husband. She announced that she was in a relationship with the Minnesota Public Radio News host Tom Weber.

Peggy Flanagan Education

Peggy Flanagan attended the University of Minnesota in 2002 where she earned her degree in bachelor of child psychology.

Peggy Flanagan Political Career

While in college she worked for the campaign of Democratic US Senator Paul Wellstone, eventually becoming an organizer for the urban Native American community. She has served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. Her as a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 46A in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, she joined her fellow DFLer Susan Allen, (Rosebud Sioux) and Republican Steve Green, an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe as the only other Natives in the Minnesota State House.

On July 28, 2016, she became the first Native American woman to address the Democratic National Convention (or any convention of a major party), from the podium. She has also worked on the issues related to education and political organizing for urban Native Americans in Minneapolis, Minnesota, through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Elected to the city’s School Board, she served from 2005 to 2009. After college, she worked for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and doing outreach work between Native American families and the Minneapolis public school system.

In her first run for elective office, she won a seat on the Minneapolis Board of Education in 2004. The six-candidates featured two incumbents,to the political newcomer Flanagan who garnered the most votes. She was elected along with Lydia Lee and incumbent Sharon Henry-Blythe and served one term on the board, from 2005 to 2009. In 2008, she challenged State Representative Joe Mullery in the Democratic primary, but dropped out of the race due to her mother’s health problems. After working in a handful of other jobs, Flanagan joined Wellstone Action as a trainer of activists, organizers, and candidates.She also advocated for the successful 2014 effort to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage.

Peggy Flanagan Minnesota House of Representatives

Peggy Flanagan was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives to unopposed special election on November 3, 2015, and was sworn-in on November 9, 2015. Susan Allen (Rosebud) and Republican Steve Green (White Earth Ojibwe) were the only Natives in the Minnesota State House at that time. Their were other three Native women who sought the election Minnesota state legislature in November 2016.

Mary Kelly Kunesh-Podein (Standing Rock Lakota) and Jamie Becker-Finn (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) ran for state representative seats and Chilah Brown (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) ran for the Minnesota Senate. Kunesh-Podein and Beck-Finn were elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and assumed office in January 2017. In 2017,Peggy Flanagan and, Allen, Kunesh-Podein and Beck-Finn formed the Minnesota House Native American Caucus to represent issues of both urban and rural Native Americans and their other constituents in the legislature.

Peggy Flanagan National Convention

Peggy Flanagan was invited to address the 2016 Democratic National Convention, speaking from the podium on July 28, 2016. She was also the first Native American woman to address the DNC as an official speaker.

Peggy Flanagan Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota

In 2017, Peggy Flanagan became a candidate for lieutenant governor, by joining Congressman Tim Walz in the 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election. She won, thus becoming the first racial minority woman elected to statewide office in Minnesota as well as the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States. Flanagan has been given a leading part in setting up the Walz administration.

Peggy Flanagan Elections

2018 Minnesota Governor Election







Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom





Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan




Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis (US)

Chris Wright and Judith Schwartzbacker





Josh Welter and Mary O’Connor











2016 Minnesota State Representative District 46A Election






Anne Taylor




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Nov. 3, 2015 Minnesota State Representative District 46A Special Election






Peggy Flanagan







2004 Minneapolis School Board Election (elect 3)






Peggy Flanagan




Lydia Lee




Sharon Henry-Blythe (i)




Dennis Shapiro (i)




Sandra Miller




David Dayhoff






Peggy Flanagan Quotes

  • I saw a young woman who seemed really troubled, and the ticket agent continued to say, ‘you can’t take it on; you’re going to have to check your bag,’ she kept saying, ‘I have a medical device I need to bring with me on the plane,’ over and over, visibly upset.
  • She kept saying, ‘I have a medical device I need to bring with me on the plane,’ over and over, visibly upset, the ticket agent and her supervisor, who she eventually called over, were not helpful and not supportive.
  • When I got onto the flight, there were at least five available spots in the overhead bins.

Peggy Flanagan Political Views

  • Guaranteeing and fully funding pre-K and K-12 education.
  • Standing up for our unions.
  • Removing barriers to growth by encouraging equity and inclusion by supporting initiatives like expanded broadband.
  • Improving Minnesota infrastructure by passing a $1 billion dollar bonding bill that will include funding for highways, bridges, mass transit, and bikeways at the state, metro and local levels.
  • Supporting Minnesota’s businesses while keeping working Minnesotans at the forefront.
  • Expanding the Middle Class and encouraging people to organize. They also plan to expand the Working Family Tax Credit and other tax breaks for the lower- and middle-class.

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“Thank you, Minnesota, chi miigwetch.” With those words, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan takes office as highest ranking Native American woman in an executive office in the country. “I never imagined that I would say that.” She said: “When I ran for the state legislature, I fell in love with my district. When I ran for Lieutenant Governor, traveling across our state, I fell deeper in love with Minnesota.” She also praised the late Sen. Paul Wellstone “whose last campaign was my first.” ​ ​”Our people talk about walking in two worlds. I reject that notion. I’M AN OJIBWE WOMAN. I’m an Ojibwe woman all the time. I’m an Ojibwe woman. I’m a mother. I’m a Minnesotan.”

Governor Tim Walz was also sworn in. He praised Lt. Flanagan as well. “Lieutenant Governor Flanagan—thank you for your leadership, your vision, and your passion. You make Minnesota proud. Miigwech.” The new governor also took a swipe at Washington and dysfunction in government. “We find ourselves at a time when economic, social, racial, and geographic division feels rampant. I will not normalize behavior that seeks to deepen and exploit these divides. I will not normalize policies that are not normal—ones that undermine our decency and respect. If Washington won’t lead, Minnesota will,” he said. He called education the highest priority. He said: “We must make Minnesota the “Education State” for all children—black, white, brown, and Indigenous.

Gov. Walz also praised the first people and the idea of bringing people together. “Unity is our tradition,” he said. “Our ancestors – from the original Anishinaabe and Dakota people of this state to the immigrant farmers – carved out a life in the unforgiving cold.” ​How big a deal is the election of a Native woman to a state’s second-highest office? First it’s worth mentioning that Peggy Flanagan is not the first Native woman in that post. Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, Yupik, served from October to December after being appointed to replace Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Tlingit. A public reception was held at the Capitol building in St. Paul. Supporters of Walz and Flanagan gathered in the Rotunda socializing and placed themselves where they could see the podium wearing their blue “One Minnesota” buttons.

After giving her short speech, she paused every now and the saying, “It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, to introduce to you,” she stops, smiles and continues, “let me just take a minute.” She shakes her head while smiling and gripping the podium. The crowd laughs. “Because I know I’m going to do this over and over again for the next four — or eight — years. But it feels really, really good to say Minnesotans let me introduce to you your governor. Governor Tim Walz.” The new governor and lieutenant governor had some visitors from opponents of the line 3 pipeline. They chanted from below within the crowd and above in the Rotunda. Three pipeline banners rolled down from the sides.

The house was packed at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Less than two hours before Flanagan told me that today’s ceremony would be “very personal.” Meaning it would incorporate her Objiwe culture as she was not the only Ojibwe on stage. Besides the drum group, Associate Justice Anne McKeig of the White Earth Nation officiated Flanagan’s oath into office. McKeig is also the first Native American woman appointed to the Supreme Court in Minnesota. Robert Durant, White Earth Nation, carried the staff during the presentation of the After her oath and address to the packed theater was a standing ovation accompanied by the ‘yeahs,’ ‘woo’s,’ claps, whistles and a few warrior cries. — Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Voting rights across the country will be a key issue in the next year. One of the firsts acts of the new Congress is an election reform bill. Minnesota’s Secretary of State Steve Simon makes that pitch as well. He reports that Minnesota voter turnout was the highest it’s been for a midterm election since 2002. According to preliminary estimates from the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans voted in-person on Tuesday or by absentee ballot. That’s about 63.8 percent of eligible voters in the state.

Flag song by the Iron Boy Singers. “The Iron Boy Singers are an eclectic group of young singers originating in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. The group was formed in 2009, in memory of the late Marlin Dickensen Sr., “Maza Wakpa Hoksila.” Marlin was a champion singer who touched many with his talented singing ability and his wise words. Unfortunately, his life was cut short at very young age. Many of his relatives and friends have chosen to carry on in this drum in his honor.”


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