Brianna Titone

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Brianna Titone
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2019
Preceded byLang Sias
Personal details
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceArvada, Colorado
Alma materState University of New York at New Paltz

Stony Brook University

University of Denver
ProfessionGeologist/Software Developer
Websitehttps://www.briannaforcolorado.com/

Brianna Titone (/tɪˈtoʊn/[1]) is an American politician, who was elected as the state representative for the 27th House District of Colorado in the 2018 elections.[2] She serves in the 72nd Colorado General Assembly and is the first openly transgender state legislator elected in Colorado[3] and the 4th elected in the United States.

Education and career before politics[edit]

Before entering politics, Titone worked as a mining consultant, a geologist, and then a software developer.[4][5][3] For seven years, beginning in high school, she was a volunteer firefighter.[3][6]

Titone attended the State University of New York at New Paltz from 1996 to 2002 where she earned bachelor's degrees in Geology and Physics.[3][6][5] She later earned a master's degree in Geochemistry at Stony Brook University,[5] and in 2018 earned a master's degree in information and communications technology from the University of Denver.[5] At Stony Brook, her master's thesis was on Rare-earth element and Thorium speciation of fossils and sediments of the Green River Formation. Some of her research was conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory using the National Synchrotron Light Source X-26A and X-18B beamlines.

Political career[edit]

In 2016, Titone joined the Jefferson County, Colorado Democratic Party (United States) LGBT caucus and was elected its Secretary/Treasurer,[6][7] and later appointed a "captain at large".[6]

She declared her run for Colorado House of Representatives HD27 in December of 2017. She received 50.4% of the vote to win the election with 24,957 votes out of 49,475, a margin of 439.[8] She serves on the Health and Insurance Committee, the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee, and the Joint Technology Committee[9]. She was also appointed to the Energy Council.

During her campaign for HD27, she worked 4 days a week and went to school to complete her master's degree in August 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ campaign ad, CBS Denver report
  2. ^ "Brianna Titone Makes History As First Openly Transgender State Legislator In Colorado". KCNC-TV, November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Andrew Kenney, "Colorado’s first transgender legislator: How Brianna Titone flipped a Republican district", Denver Post, November 10, 2018
  4. ^ Alex Burness, Brianna Titone, Colorado’s first transgender candidate for state office, declares victory in Arvada, November 8, 2018, The Colorado Independent
  5. ^ a b c d Marianne Goodland, Meet Brianna Titone, Colorado’s first transgender lawmaker, November 24, 2018, The Gazette
  6. ^ a b c d Mark Harden, Brianna Titone’s opponent concedes; Colo.’s first transgender legislator elected, November 11, 2018, The Gazette
  7. ^ Rafaella Gunz, Meet Brianna Titone, the woman who could become Colorado's first trans state representative, 25 August 2018, Gay Star News
  8. ^ "Colorado House of Representatives District 27". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  9. ^ "Profile page for Representative Titone". Colorado General Assembly. Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 18 February 2019.