Sarah McBride Is the First Transgender State Senator in U.S. History

Sarah McBride makes history as America’s first transgender state senator.

On Tuesday, the Delaware Democrat defeated Republican Steve Washington to represent the state’s 1st Senate District. Per unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections, McBride, a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, won 73 percent of the vote.

“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” she tweeted Tuesday night. “As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.”

Not only is she Delaware’s first out LGBTQIA+ person elected to the state’s legislature but she is also the only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country’s highest-ranking transgender official.

Despite his loss, Washington told CNN on Wednesday, “I wish McBride well and hope she does a great job in office. We need to come together as a country.”

Prior to her win, McBride was endorsed by incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell, who did not seek re-election after 44 years.

In July 2019, McBride announced her candidacy, saying in a statement, “I’ve spent my life fighting for people to have dignity, peace of mind, and a fair shot at staying afloat and getting ahead.”

“Sen. McDowell’s retirement at the end of this term is a well-deserved cap on a remarkable career of public service, and now our neighbors need someone who will continue to fight for them.”

In 2016, McBride was the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention when she got onstage at the Democratic National Convention and spoke out against LGBTQIA+ discrimination.

Per CNN, she was also the first out transgender White House staffer when she interned during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, applauded McBride’s victory, saying in a statement that she “made history not just for herself but for our entire community.”

“This victory, the first of what I expect to be many in her career, shows that any person can achieve their dream, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” he said.


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