Tina Smith on Abortion
Served as a Planned Parenthood executive
After 2 weeks as a U.S. senator, Tina Smith already has some vocal opponents as she begins her campaign for the November election. So far, state Rep. Karin Housley is the only confirmed GOP challenger for Smith's Senate seat. She issued a statement
saying that the new senator's career as a longtime Democratic operative "and role as a leader in pushing for abortions as a Planned Parenthood executive gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values."
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune on 2018 Minnesota Senate race
, Jan 20, 2018
Vice president of Planned Parenthood of MN/SD/ND
Smith didn't follow the typical path to the life of a politician. She grew up in New Mexico, where her parents were involved in state and local politics. Yet Smith decided to go into business; she attended Stanford University and went on to earn an
MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She landed in Minnesota after taking a marketing job at General Mills and eventually started her own marketing firm.
In the early 1990s, she started volunteering in Minneapolis
DFL politics, cutting her teeth on local campaigns. She eventually became vice president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota before serving four years as
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's chief of staff, leaving that role to manage his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. After Rybak failed to win the DFL endorsement for governor that year, Smith took a brief sabbatical from politics.
Source: MinnPost.com on 2017-18 Minnesota Special Senate Election
, Feb 2, 2015
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