Air Force Veteran. Wife. Mother. Leader.

Candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District

Air Force Veteran. Wife. Mother. Leader.

Candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.

Why I’m Running

Nearly 250 years ago, the founders of the United States of America charted a bold course, to develop a nation unlike anything the world had ever seen. They created a completely new form of government that made our nation and its people independent and industrious.

But over the past decade, our political system has lost focus. Our country continues to be increasingly fragmented, challenging the foundation of our democratic republic. This is not the country our founders created without apology. We need to do better.

That is why, as a 24-year Air Force Veteran, a wife of 28 years, a mother of two and a proud patriot; I’m stepping forward to run for Congress in Minnesota’s Second District.

We need a new generation of leaders who will stand up for the people of Minnesota and inspire our citizens to shared action. With your help, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I’m new to politics…an outsider. However, I’m not new to leadership. I’m an innovator, a disruptor of the status quo. And I’ve used these skills to rally people together, to fight to achieve a shared goal. I’ve done it my entire life, from grassroots to international efforts, recognized by leaders including the Secretary of Defense. I’ve honorably served presidents from both parties.

I ask for your vote because I will be an effective messenger, a passionate advocate and a strong voice for all of us who want to get things done in Congress and in Minnesota.

In service to you, our state and nation,


Erika Cashin
Republican Candidate for Congress
Minnesota’s Second Congressional District


Meet Erika

I was born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Duluth, MN, to Dick and Terry Hanson, the oldest of three children.

My mom was an elementary school teacher in nearby Proctor, and taught second grade for the majority of her career. My dad was an electrician by trade, as was his father. When I was young, he worked in a steel mill. Like many in the steel industry, he lost his job during an economic downturn, but found work as a plant manager in Two Harbors and remained in that role until he retired.

When I was younger, I spent most of my summers in rural North Dakota at my grandparents’ home in Carrington. After graduating from Duluth Cathedral High School, I spent the next year as an exchange student in Liege Belgium, before returning home to attend UMD, where I received my degree in International Relations.


For over 24 years, I’ve proudly served our country, taking the oath to defend our constitution, and founding principles. As a result, I’ve been honored to have had the opportunity to share my experience and been profiled in the following ways:

Education and Certifications

  • Advisory Committee, After Her Service, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
  • Master of Public Administration, Troy University, Troy AL 
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota, Duluth MN
  • Green Belt, Lean Six Sigma, University of St Thomas, Minneapolis MN 2014
  • Black Belt, Continuous Process Improvement, United States Air Force 2018

Public Speaking Accomplishments

  • America’s Warrior Partnership Community Integration Symposium
    – Panelist, 2015: The Force of Women
    – Panel moderator, 2016: Programming for Women Veterans
  • Student Veterans of America, National Convention 2018, Panelist
  • MSPAN, National Summit on Military and Veteran Peer Programs, 2016
  • Speaker, White House Council on Women and Girls, 2016
  • University of Michigan, National Military and Veteran Peer Program Summit, 2016
  • Joint Women Leadership Symposium, Arlington VA, 2016
  • Women in Public Service Panel, Hamline University
  • Panelist, Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Women Veteran Summit
  • University of Texas, Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference, Presenter, April, 2020