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It’s Inauguration Day for Minnesota Lt. Governor-Elect Peggy Flanagan

A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), Peggy Flanagan represents District 46A in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area. (Walz-Flanagan Administration)

When elected Lt. Governor, Peggy Flanagan will be the highest-ranking female Native American in the history of the United States.

Peggy Flanagan will be sworn in as the first Native American lieutenant governor of Minnesota at 11 a.m. CST today in St. Paul, and Tim Walz will take the oath of office as the state’s 41st governor.

Flanagan’s election on November 6, 2018, made her the second Native American woman to ever be elected to statewide executive office in U.S. history. Prior to her role as lieutenant governor of Minnesota, she served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2015.

A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Flanagan joins two other Natives in the Minnesota State House: fellow Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member Susan Allen, Lakota and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and Republican Steve Green, also a member of the White Earth Band.

Flanagan will create policies that benefit American Indian communities in Minnesota, home to 11 tribal nations and a significant urban Indian population.

As it pertains to Indian Country, the Walz-Flanagan Administration is committed to:

  • Honoring tribal sovereignty and government to government relationships. 
  • Prioritizing equitable education for Native students.
  • Working in collaboration with tribes to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Protecting and investing in the well-being Native American children and their families.

Flanagan additionally campaigned on a statewide agenda to build on the strength of Minnesota’s $121 billion agricultural sector that supports over 400,000 jobs. She intends to ensure that Minnesota family farmers and rural communities are able to compete in the global agricultural marketplace.

She is also determined to empower Minnesota’s economy—one of the strongest in the country. “Our unemployment rate and job growth have outpaced our neighbors. Our state is strong because our investments pay off, whether it’s funding our children’s education, our communities’ services, or our state’s infrastructure,” her website states.

The Walz-Flanagan Administration intends to promote prosperity for all by:

  • 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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