Ann Louise Wagner, an American politician, was born on September 13, 1962. Since 2013, she has served as the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri‘s 2nd congressional district. This district, based in St. Louis County, is the wealthiest district in the state. It includes most of St. Louis’s southern and western suburbs, as well as some of the northern parts of St. Charles County and northern Jefferson County.
Ann Wagner is a member of the Republican Party. She previously served as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009. Prior to her diplomatic post, Wagner was Chair of the Missouri Republican Party for six years, from 1999 until 2005, and Co-chair of the Republican National Committee for four years.
Personal Life of Ann Wagner, U.S. Representative
Wagner, a lifelong St. Louis resident, attended Cor Jesu Academy, a private Catholic all-girls school in South County. She graduated from the business school at the University of Missouri in 1984 with a BSBA. After college, she went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
Ann is married to Ray Wagner Jr, a former Missouri Director of Revenue, and has three children: Raymond III, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army Ranger, Stephen, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Mary Ruth, a graduate of Miami University.
Political Career of Ann Wagner
Wagner began her career in Republican politics in 1990, heading the GOP’s efforts during the decennial redistricting of Missouri. In 1992, she was the state director of the unsuccessful campaign for the reelection of President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. She was elected to her first term of office as chair of the Missouri Republican Party in 1999, becoming the first woman to occupy the position.
Her most notable achievement in that role came during her second two-year term when, for the first time in over forty years, she oversaw the party’s taking of majority control of both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly. In 2001, she took office as a co-chair of the Republican National Committee and helped preside over the 2004 Republican National Convention. In this position, she was instrumental in directing the development of the Winning Women initiative, whose goal was to improve the image of the GOP towards women and demonstrate the relevance of its platform to them.
On August 1, she was sworn in as Ambassador to Luxembourg by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
After returning from Luxembourg, Wagner served as Chairwoman for Roy Blunt’s successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign.
Wagner announced her candidacy for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district after incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin announced his unsuccessful bid to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. Wagner garnered endorsements from Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, and the pro-life women’s group the Susan B. Anthony List. She won the four-way Republican primary—the de facto election given the lack of support for the Democrat nominee, Glenn Koenen, with 66% of the vote. In November, she won the general election by 23 points.
In her first bid for reelection, Wagner was virtually unopposed in the Republican primary and proceeded to win the general election while simultaneously increasing her margin of victory from her first election in 2012.