Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan makes national history

"I was the kid with the different-colored lunch ticket"

Laura Oakes
January 07, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is now the highest-ranking Native American woman elected to an executive office in the country. Flanagan talked about creating pathways to success for every Minnesotan during her inaugural speech, touching on some of her own hardships growing up.

"I was that kid with the different-colored lunch ticket. We needed those free meals at school. Medicaid saved my life. As a kid with asthsma, it's the reason I'm alive today. Growing up wasn't easy, but it made me strong. I stand before you today because of a loving family, a supportive community, and a great state," said Flanagan.

Flanagan is a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe. She is a former DFL State Representative from St. Louis Park, and former Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota. She says she's ready for the challenge ahead.

"My mission is to help create pathways for every Minnesotan. Whether they live with a single mom in Section 8 housing, they're a farm kid struggling to figure out whether they can stay on the land that they love, or an Iron Ranger, who lost her job in the mine and is desperately searching for another way to support her family," said Flanagan.

Listen to her entire speech here:




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