Ann Wagner’s career is both deep and broad in service to her hometown, state and nation with more than 25 years of work in the private sector, community and public service, and the political arena.
The 2nd District of Missouri means family for Ann. It is where she and her husband of 30 years, Ray, grew up, went to school, raised their children, work, volunteer and go to church. This community has given her extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.
At an early age, Ann started working in the family business, a retail carpet store called Carpetime in Manchester. Working beside her parents she learned the value of a dollar, a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, and that government should not be on the backs of hard-working Americans trying to make a living.
Ann then took her firsthand experience to Mizzou and received her Bachelor’s from the Business School with an emphasis in Logistics. After college, Ann went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
Ann’s most important job, however, has always been as a wife and mother. Ann and Ray have three children: Raymond, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army Ranger, currently serving in the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; Stephen, a Client Services Manager for a St. Louis area financial management company; and Mary Ruth, a senior at Miami University in Ohio.
Ann’s public service began at the grassroots level, serving for nine years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township before moving on to Chair the Missouri Republican Party. She also served as Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the first term of President George W. Bush.
In 2005, following a nomination by President Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Ann was sworn in as the 19th U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She served as U.S. Ambassador for four years before returning to her home in Ballwin, Missouri.
In 2010, Ann was asked to serve as the Chairman of Roy Blunt's successful U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri. Bringing her high energy and political skills to the campaign, Ann helped unite existing and new conservative grassroots activists to produce a landslide victory.
Ann announced her first run for public office on April 26, 2011, and won the election for Missouri’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Ann has authored legislation to protect access to affordable investments for middle class families, which passed the House twice with bipartisan support. She also introduced the Small Company Simple Registration Act, which was signed into law late last year.
In January 2017, Ann became a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She sits on the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee.
Throughout her tenure on Congress, Ann has made combating sex trafficking and online exploitation of minors a legislative priority. In fact, she authored the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation or SAVE Act, which amends the Federal criminal code, and gives prosecutors the tools they need to investigate and prosecute those who knowingly advertise sex slavery. In May 2015, as part of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), the SAVE Act was signed into law by President Obama.