DFL activist Peggy Flanagan sailed to election in House District 46A seat Tuesday, replacing Rep. Ryan Winkler, who moved to Belgium with his family this summer.
Flanagan, who ran unopposed, won the seat with 96.4 percent of the vote in a special election. The progressive activist quickly filed to run for Winkler’s seat and was endorsed by the longtime DFL Representative. The St. Louis Park resident and longtime progressive activist serves as executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota. She previously worked at Wellstone Action and Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition that led to the successful push for same-sex marriage. She was co-chair of the Raise the Wage coalition, which led the effort to raise the state’s wage floor to $9.50 by 2016. In 2018, it will be indexed to inflation.
Flanagan, 35, is a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe member and is the first American Indian from the area to serve in the Legislature since Leech Lake member Harold “Skip” Finn served in the Senate in the mid-‘90s. She joins Rep. Suzan Allen, DFL-Minneapolis, as the second American Indian woman elected to the Legislature.
Flanagan is a University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in child development. She and her husband have a 2-year-old daughter.