Birthdate: March 5, 1973
Birth Place: Toledo, OH, United States
Residence: Holland, OH
Angela Zimmann was born in Toledo, Ohio. She earned a bachelor's in industrial engineering from the University of Toledo in 1990, a doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Bowling Green State University in 2007 and a master's of divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
Zimmann is an ordained pastor at a church in Riga, Mich., and she is a full-time faculty member in the general studies writing program at Bowling Green.
She and her husband, Martin, live in Holland, Ohio.
Angela Zimmann is running for Congress in 2012 because she does not think the wishes of many people in northwest Ohio are being represented.
In kicking off her campaign in November 2011, Zimmann accused her Republican opponent, incumbent Rep. Bob Latta, of supporting big corporations and the wealthy.
"Mr. Latta has been serving the special interests in Washington," she said at the time.
Zimmann, a writing instructor at Bowling Green State University, says she wants to bring jobs to Ohio and reduce the nation's debt.
"If I ran my family finances like the government runs the national finances, we'd have been homeless long ago," she said.
Zimmann is involved with several educational boards and organizations. She was president of the Northwest Region of the Ohio School Board Association in 2011.
"We need to value education by making it affordable and available," she said. "Young people graduate with so much debt, and there are no jobs. Obviously this is an impending crisis that needs addressing by forward thinking leaders."
Zimmann says she also cares about the environment.
"People of all faiths understand that we are called to be stewards of our resources. When we substitute special-interest politics for sound conservation policy, we put the health of our children in jeopardy and spoil the Earth for future generations," she said at a news conference in December 2011.
Zimmann, who has said she wants to be a servant of people, was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1999 and has been a pastor for eight years at a church in Riga, Mich. Her husband, Martin, is also a pastor at the church.
Source: Associated Press