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] 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.

North America[edit]

United States[edit]


  • Joanne Marie Conte, Arvada’s City Council - 1991. [3]
  • 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. [4]


Amanda Simpson, United States
Kim Coco Iwamoto, United States
Lauren Scott, United States
  • Amanda Simpson, Commissioner on the City of Tucson Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Commission in 2001. Later Simpson was elected or appointed to many different positions from Precinct Committeeperson to her current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy in 2015. [5]
  • Michelle Bruce, City Council (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. [6]
  • Jessica Orsini, alderwoman in Centralia, Missouri - 2006. [7]
  • Kim Coco Iwamoto, Hawaii Board of Education in 2006. Iwamoto was later appointed to the Hawaii Council of Human Affairs. [8]
  • Stu Rasmussen, Mayor of Silverton, Oregon - 2008. [4]
  • Claire Elizabeth Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner, Newport, Oregon. Elected 2004, transitioned June 2018.[9]


  • Victoria Kolakowski, Superior Court Judge of Alameda County, California, Superior Court - 2010. First transgender person elected judge. [10]
  • 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. [11]
  • Lauren Scott, Commissioner of Nevada Equal Rights Commission - 2012. [12]
  • Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Member of the Democratic National Committee (New Jersey) - 2012. [13]
  • Vered Meltzer, City Council in Appleton, Wisconsin, District 2 - 2014. [14][15]
  • Jordan Evans, Board of Trustees of the Public Library for Charlton, Massachusetts - 2016. [16]
  • Jess Herbst, Mayor of New Hope, and first openly trans mayor to hold office in Texas, though not elected - 2016. [17]
  • Jay Irwin, School Board Member of Ralston, Nebraska. First openly trans man to be elected to office - 2016. [18]


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.[19]
  • Boudicca Walsh, an openly trans woman elected to the Thurston County Democrats [1]

On November 7th, 2017, 8 transgender individuals were elected to public office. This is the most transgender individuals elected to office in a single day. [20]



  • Michelle Risher, Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) Vice Chair (elected to two-year term on March 17th) - First transgender person to be elected vice chair of a state Democratic Party. (There have been no transgender state Democratic Party Chairs to date.) Also, DPO Admin and Executive committees; DPO Stonewall Caucus Chair and State Central Committee (SCC) delegate; and, Multnomah County Democrats HD 45 Precinct Committee Person (PCP), Budget and Finance Chair/Co-chair, and executive committee.


Micheline Montreuil, Canada
Estefania Cortes-Vargas, Canada


South America[edit]

Tamara Adrián, Venezuela


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


  • Érica Malunguinho da Silva, first trans person elected to a State Congress - 2018[35]


  • Alejandra González, Councilwoman for Lampa - 2004.
  • Zuliana Araya, Councilwoman for Valparaiso - 2016.[36]


  • Luisa Revilla Urcia, Councillor in La Esperanza in the province of Trujillo - 2014. [4]




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


  • Christian Schenk, Member of the Bundestag for the Independent Women’s Association Party - 1990. [39]


United Kingdom[edit]


  • Vladimir Luxuria, Chamber of Deputies by the Lazio 1 constituency in Rome(Member of Palriament in Europe) - 2006. [46]






Aya Kamikawa, Japan
Yollada Suanyot, Thailand


  • Shabnam "Mausi" Bano, Member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly - 1998. [50]
  • Kamla Jaan, Mayor of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation - 2000.[51]
  • Asha Devi, Mayor of Gorakhpur, eastern Uttar Pradesh - 2001.
  • Madhu Kinnar, Mayor of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation - 2015.





  • Hazreen Shaik Daud, Political secretary to Tanjung Bungah State Assemblyman The Yee Cheu of the Demcoatic Action Party - 2013. [54]

Sri Lanka[edit]

  • Nikula Ekanayake, Governor Central Province - 2016. [55]



Georgina Beyer, New Zealand

New Zealand[edit]

  • Georgina Beyer, Carterton District Council and later a seat in Parliament - 1993. [4]


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