Minnesota elects first transgender state lawmaker
Minnesota voters have elected the state’s first transgender lawmaker to office.
Democratic candidate Leigh Finke collected 15,635 votes, or 81%, in District 66A in Minnesota House of Representatives.
The county is located northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has a population of just over 41,000 people.
Finke’s opponent, Trace Johnson (R), received 3,569 votes, or 18.5%.
When Finke is sworn in in January, she will replace Alice Hausman (D), who was first elected to the office in 1989.
Finke championed abortion, improved mental health in schools, LGBTQ issues and economic opportunities.
On Wednesday morning, Finke took to Twitter to address the win.
“Many stories will be written about the Minnesota election,” she said in a tweet, citing the Victory Fund. “One undeniable story is the rise of Queer political power.”
Victory Fund is an organization that works to increase the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.
According to its website, the Victory Fund has helped elect thousands of LGBTQ candidates to office since 1991.
“Leigh made history tonight because she is willing to disrupt the status quo and fight for real change on behalf of her community,” said Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “From protecting abortion rights to addressing social inequalities, she has a vision for the future that voters are clearly excited about. Her victory is a clear and deafening rebuke to the transphobia currently pervading our communities, and her success will inspire other trans people to step up and run.”
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