List of transgender political office-holders

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Over the last few decades, transgender individuals have been able to obtain elected and appointed political office in many parts of the world. Transgender individuals have different life experiences and thus policy goals, ranging from access to restrooms and health care to protection from discrimination and violence. Because of this, the election and appointment of transgender officials can potentially change discriminating legislation.[1]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

As of 2018, only 16 openly transgender individuals have been elected to office in the United States.[2] A few transgender individuals who have been elected were not open about their gender identity and were later outed. As of 2021, 77 transgender, non-binary, intersex, and otherwise non-cisgender officials serve in public elected positions.[3]

1970s[edit]

1990s[edit]

  • Joanne Marie Conte, elected to Arvada, Colorado's City Council in 1991.[5]
  • Althea Garrison (R), Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 5th Suffolk District - 1992. Garrison is the first transgender person to serve in state legislation, however, not openly. She was later outed. In 2018, Garrison took office again when Ayanna Pressley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was appointed as the at-large representative for the City Council of Boston.[6]

2000s[edit]

Amanda Simpson, United States
Kim Coco Iwamoto, United States
Lauren Scott, United States
  • Amanda Simpson, Commissioner of the City of Tucson Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Commission - 2001. Later Simpson was elected or appointed to many different positions from Precinct Committeeperson up to serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy from 2015 until January 2017.[7][8]
  • Claire Elizabeth Hall, Commissioner of Lincoln County, Oregon - 2004. Hall transitioned in June 2018 while serving as commissioner.[9]
  • Michelle Bruce, City Council Member of Riverdale, Georgia - 2004. Bruce was sued by her political opponents for fraud because she allegedly misled voters concerning her gender. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bruce.[10]
  • Jessica Orsini, Alderwoman of the Centralia, Missouri Municipal Council - 2006.[11]
  • Kim Coco Iwamoto, Member of Hawaii Board of Education - 2006. Iwamoto was later appointed to the Hawaii Council of Human Affairs.[12]
  • Stu Rasmussen, Mayor of Silverton, Oregon - 2008.[6]

2010s[edit]

  • Victoria Kolakowski, Superior Court Judge of Alameda County, California, Superior Court - 2010. First transgender person elected judge.[13]
  • Stacie Laughton, New Hampshire House of Representatives. Though Laughton was the first openly transgender person elected to state legislature, she was forced to resign before taking office after past felonies became public - 2012.[14]
  • Lauren Scott, Commissioner of Nevada Equal Rights Commission - 2012. First transgender person to win a Republican primary election for a state legislative office.[15]
  • Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Member of the Democratic National Committee (New Jersey) - 2012.[16]
  • Vered Meltzer, City Council in Appleton, Wisconsin, District 2 - 2014.[17][18]
  • Aime Wichtendahl - elected to the Hiawatha, Iowa, City Council - 2015. She is the first openly trans-woman elected to government in Iowa.[19]
  • Jordan Evans, Board of Trustees of the Public Library for Charlton, Massachusetts - 2016.[20]
  • Jess Herbst, Mayor of New Hope, and first openly trans mayor to hold office in Texas, though not elected - 2016.[21]
  • Jay Irwin, School Board Member of Ralston, Nebraska. First openly trans man to be elected to office - 2016.[22]

2017[edit]

Danica Roem, United States
Andrea Jenkins, United States
Phillipe Cunningham, United States
  • Rachael Rose Luckey, Board Member of the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles, CA - 2017.[23]
  • Boudicca Walsh, an openly trans woman elected to the Thurston County Democrats.[24]
  • Michelle Risher, Elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon Stonewall (LGBTQ+) Caucus. (DPO)[25]
  • Betsy Driver, elected to Flemington (NJ) town council - First openly intersex person to be elected to office in the United States. Driver was later elected as mayor of Flemington, again the first openly intersex person to do so.[26][27]

On November 7, 2017, eight transgender individuals were elected to public office. This is the most transgender individuals elected to office in a single day.[28]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

  • Brianna Westbrook, Former Vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Arizona - First transgender person to be elected a vice-chair of a state Democratic Party.[38]
  • Michelle Risher, First Vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) - First transgender person to be elected a first, senior, or second vice-chair of a state or territorial Democratic party and to be next in the line of succession to the party chair.[25]
  • Brandy Fortson, member of the Corvallis, Oregon School Board (non-binary)[39]
  • Ashley Shade, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party. She is the first transgender person to be elected treasurer of a Libertarian State Party and first elected Transgender State Party Officer in Massachusetts. Elected July 14, 2019.[40]
  • Donna Price, Vice-chair of the Albemarle County, Virginia Board of Supervisors (Scottsville Magisterial District). The first transgender Supervisor and second elected public official in the State. Elected November 2019.[41]
  • Aime Wichtendahl - is re-elected to the Hiawatha City Council, running unopposed.[42]
  • Veronica Pejril, elected to the Greencastle, Indiana City Council, - the first openly transgender elected official in Indiana.[43]
  • Air Rhodes, elected to the Beacon, New York Council, - the first openly LGBTQ elected official in Beacon.

2020[edit]

2021[edit]

  • Ashley Shade, Chair of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party. She is the first transgender person to be elected Chair of a State Party in Massachusetts. Elected March 20, 2021.[40]
  • Blaizen Bloom, Elected to Non-Male Cochair of the Green Party of Virginia. Elected April 5, 2021. (non-binary/gender fluid)[52]
  • Rachel Nyx, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of California. She is the first openly transgender person to be elected Vice Chair of a State Party in California. Elected May 16, 2021.[53]
  • Ashley Shade, Elected to City Council North Adams, Massachusetts November 2, 2021. She is the first transgender person to be elected in North Adams and in Berkshire County Massachusetts.[54]
  • Lisa Middleton, previously a city council member of Palm Springs, was elected mayor of Palm Springs in late 2021.[55]

2022[edit]

Canada[edit]

Micheline Montreuil, Canada
Estefania Cortes-Vargas, Canada

Cuba[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

South America[edit]

Tamara Adrián, Venezuela

Argentina[edit]

  • Mara Pérez Reynoso, holder of the non-discrimination area in the Ministry of Security, first transgender public official in Argentina's government - 2016.[73]

Brazil[edit]

Chile[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Peru[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Europe[edit]

Camile Cabral, France
Jenny Bailey, United Kingdom
Vladimir Luxruia, Italy
Carla Antonelli, Spain
Petra De Sutter, Belgium

Germany[edit]

France[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Spain[edit]

Sweden[edit]

  • Lina Axelsson Kihlbom, Minister for Schools in Andersson Cabinet.[100]
  • Alexandra Ward-Slotte, Councillor in the municipality of Stenungsund for the liberal-conservative Moderate party. LGBTQ-activist and Vice president of west pride.[101]
  • Lukas Romson, Swedish politician for the Socialdemocratic party. Brother of Åsa Romson, former deputy prime minister.[102]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Belgium[edit]

  • Petra De Sutter, Belgian Senate member - 2014. Belgian Minister for Civil Servants and Government Institutions - 2020 [104][105]

Netherlands[edit]

Asia[edit]

Aya Kamikawa, Japan
Yollada Suanyot, Thailand

India[edit]

  • Shabnam Bano (aka Shabnam "Mausi"), Member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly - 1998.[107]
  • Kamla Jaan, Mayor of Katni, central Madhya Pradesh. Elected in 2000, she was India's first transgender mayor.[108][109] In 2002, a judge in Madhya Pradesh ruled that she was legally male and could not hold an office reserved for women.[110]
  • Asha Devi, Mayor of Gorakhpur, eastern Uttar Pradesh - 2001.
  • Kamla Kinnar (aka Kamla "Bua"), Mayor of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh - 2009.[111]
  • Madhu Kinnar, Mayor of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation - 2015.

Indonesia[edit]

  • Kety Haji Jalla, member of the People's Representative Council (2009-2014) for North Maluku.[112]
  • Hendrika Mayora Victoria, member of the Village Representative Council for Habi Village, East Nusa Tenggara.[113]

Japan[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Georgina Beyer, New Zealand

Australia[edit]

  • Ben Moroney, Campbelltown City Council, NSW[127]

New Zealand[edit]

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