Peggy Flanagan

Born:September 22, 1979 (age 44)
Career:Minnesota Lieutenant Governor, 2018 – present
Minnesota House of Representatives, 2015 – 2019
Minneapolis Board of Education, 2005 - 2009
Education:B.A., University of Minnesota

Peggy Flanagan is Minnesota’s 50th lieutenant governor, serving since January 7, 2019. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Flanagan is the second Indigenous woman to be elected to a statewide executive office.

Flanagan was born September 22, 1979, and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and in 2002 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies and child psychology.

In 2002 she worked on Paul Wellstone’s U.S. Senate campaign and organized with the urban Indigenous community. After graduation, she worked at Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches’ Division of Indian Work. She worked for Wellstone Action and served as the executive director of the non-profit advocacy group, Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota.

Flanagan served on the Minneapolis Board of Education from 2005 to 2009. In 2008 she ran for Minnesota state representative but dropped out of the race due to her mother’s health. In 2014, she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and served until becoming lieutenant governor in 2019. In 2017, Flanagan helped to form the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus.


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