Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Endorses Rep. Angie Craig for Re-Election to Congress

September 21, 2022

The endorsement reflects Rep. Craig’s strong relationships with Minnesota law enforcement and proven legislative track record supporting programs that enhance recruitment, retention and public safety 

Burnsville, MN – Today, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) endorsed U.S. Representative Angie Craig for re-election to Congress.

Rep. Craig is a strong supporter of law enforcement and has voted to increase funding for both local and federal law enforcement every year she has been in Congress. She has authored and voted for dozens of pieces of bipartisan legislation to support law enforcement agencies and police officers and their families, and she continues to prioritize public safety as a Member of Congress.

In the 2020 cycle, MPPOA endorsed Rep. Craig’s GOP opponent, Tyler Kistner. Kistner is challenging Rep. Craig again this cycle.

“Rep. Craig has supported and helped pass many pieces of bipartisan legislation to support law enforcement agencies, police officers, and their families,” said Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peters. “She has worked to support law enforcement, and we are proud to support her re-election to the U.S. Congress.”

“My most important job as an elected official is to ensure public safety, and that is a responsibility I take very seriously. I am grateful for the strong relationships I have built with law enforcement officers across the Second District during my time in Congress, and I am committed to doing everything I can to promote public safety in Minnesota,” said Rep. Craig. “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the MPPOA, and I will continue to work with the men and women in uniform who do critical work to keep our communities safe.” 

Rep. Craig’s record on law enforcement is clear: she has continually voted to support public safety, fund Minnesota police departments and ensure that law enforcement has the resources they need.

  • Rep. Craig successfully led the public pushback from Minnesota elected officials on the Minneapolis ballot initiative to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
  • Rep. Craig is currently supporting Community-Oriented Policing Grants to hire more officers in four South Metro cities.
  • Rep. Craig championed passage of the Public Safety Officer Support Act to extend death and disability benefits to officers and survivors of officers who are diagnosed with PTSD or die by suicide because of their job. Rep. Craig helped pass the bill through the House and Senate with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans. President Biden signed it into law this summer.
    • Rep. Craig partnered with Katie Slifko, the wife of a South Saint Paul police officer who died by suicide, to move the Public Safety Officer Support Act forward at both the state and federal levels. Rep. Craig shared Cory and Katie Slifko’s story on the Floor of the House of Representatives after the legislation passed.
  • Rep. Craig backed the bipartisan Invest to Protect Act to increase funding for small and mid-size police departments, and the bipartisan Pathways to Policing Act to help recruit new officers.
  • Rep. Craig introduced the Ride-Along Resolution to require all new members of Congress to participate in a law enforcement ride-along in their district during their first year in Congress.
  • Rep. Craig assisted local law enforcement in applying for and receiving federal grant funding for body cameras and other equipment.

The MPPOA is the largest association representing public safety professionals in the State of Minnesota.