NEA supports

Tina Smith

for U.S. Senate, Minnesota

Current Office

U.S. Senate, Minnesota

On the Record

  • “I believe that workers have a fundamental right to join together to fight for fair wages and better working conditions.”

    Jun. 27, 2018, CBS Minnesota

  • “My parents sent me to public school in our neighborhood and my school frankly lacked some of the resources that the schools where more of the white kids went had.”

    Jun. 5, 2018, Maiden Speech

Talking Points

  • A public school graduate and former union member, Tina Smith is committed to standing up for Minnesota's students, educators, and working families.
  • As Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Tina successfully led the effort to establish all-day kindergarten for all Minnesotans.
  • Tina believes that unions help all working people succeed. She supports expanded workforce training, paid family and medical leave, and equal pay.
  • Following the Supreme Court's Janus decision, Tina championed legislation to ensure public sector workers can join together in strong unions.


Tina Smith attended public schools and was a union member. She knows the power of a great public education and a strong union.

As the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Tina helped create tens of thousands of jobs. She also led the effort to establish all-day kindergarten for all Minnesotans.

As a U.S. Senator, she has used her position as a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee to advocate for public education and workers’ rights. She secured millions in funding to cut down on the cost of textbooks for college students.

Tina is a member of the bipartisan committee in the Senate to address the growing pension crisis. She is also standing up for Minnesota’s Iron Range workers by speaking out against illegal steel dumping. And she is fighting to bridge the skills gap by bringing community colleges and local businesses together.

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