Sarah McBride (D) has become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history after winning a state Senate seat in Delaware on Tuesday night.
McBride, a Wilmington native, is slated to defeat Republican candidate Steve Washington to replace outgoing state Sen. Harris McDowell (D).
“Sarah’s overwhelming victory is a powerful testament to the growing influence of transgender leaders in our politics and gives hope to countless trans people looking toward a brighter future,” former Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement.
“Throughout this election cycle, Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans people as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate. For Sarah to shatter a lavender ceiling in such a polarizing year is a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for fairness and equality. Her victory will inspire more trans people to follow in her footsteps and run for public office,” she added.
McBride’s win, which was reported by The New York Times, means she will be the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the country. S
McBride’s potential win comes three years after Virginia Delegate Danica Roem (D) unseated Delegate Bob Marshall (R), becoming the nation’s first out trans lawmaker.