Success stories from around the state

Women Winning has a long track record of helping pro-choice women build their political power across Minnesota.

We’ve raised millions of dollars and supported thousands of women candidates who have gone on to win elections and make Minnesota better. Since our founding, the number of pro-choice women mayors, state legislators, and county commissioners in Minnesota has more than tripled.

Our legacy and impact are reflected in the careers of our endorsed candidates, who include some of the most trailblazing and influential women the state has ever known.


Joan A. Growe, the first woman elected to statewide office in Minnesota in her own right.

Dee Long, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Minnesota House.

Sharon Sayles Belton, the first woman and African American elected Mayor of Minneapolis.

Amy Klobuchar, the first woman to serve as Hennepin County Attorney and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Emily Larson, the first woman Mayor of Duluth.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the second woman to serve as Speaker of the Minnesota House and the first woman to receive a major party’s endorsement for Governor in Minnesota.

Susan Allen, the first Native American woman elected to the Minnesota legislature and the first openly gay Native American woman elected to a state legislature in the country.

Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council member and the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to public office in the U.S.

Renee Van Nett, the first Native American woman elected to the Duluth City Council.

Angie Craig, the first LGBTQ+ member of Congress from Minnesota. 

Angela Conley and Irene Fernando, the first persons of color elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. 

Maria Regan Gonzalez, the first Latinx Mayor in Minnesota. 

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