Misty Snow

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Misty Snow
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Personal details
Born (1985-07-19) July 19, 1985 (age 35)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Misty Kathrine Snow (born July 19, 1985)[1] is an American political candidate who was one of the first two openly transgender people in the United States to have been nominated by a major political party for a federal office, the other being Misty Plowright.[2][3] Snow was the Democratic nominee in the 2016 United States Senate election in Utah. This also made her the first transgender person to become a nominee for the United States Senate as well as the first LGBT person to be a major-party nominee for statewide office in Utah.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Snow was born in 1985 in Salt Lake City and has lived in Salt Lake County, Utah for her entire life. She worked in a grocery store and comes from a working-class family.[6] She was raised Mormon, but as she grew up, she left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[7][8] She is the daughter of Linda Pace and the eldest of four children.[9][10]


Snow was the first openly transgender candidate to win a major party primary for the U.S. Senate.[11] She won the Democratic primary, defeating fellow Democrat Jonathan Swinton 59.5% to 40.5%.[12]

On November 8, 2016, with 27% of the vote, Snow lost her Senate bid to Republican incumbent Mike Lee, who received 68% of the vote.[13]

Political positions[edit]

Snow is a progressive and self-described Bernie Sanders-like Democrat. Policy priorities include increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, paid maternity leave, expansion of Medicare and Medicaid, clean energy, and LGBT nondiscrimination efforts.[14]

U.S. House race[edit]

On April 13, 2017, Snow formally announced her run against Chris Stewart, the Republican incumbent representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district.[15] She dropped out of the race in March 2018, and the Democratic candidate was instead Shireen Ghorbani.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scheer, Robert (October 9, 2016). "Misty K. Snow, the First Major-Party Transgender Nominee for U.S. Senate". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Signorile, Michelangelo (10 July 2016). "The First Trans U.S. Senate Candidate Is Already Making History". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ Phillips, Amber (29 June 2016). "Two transgender candidates — both named Misty — just made history by winning primaries". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Two transgender candidates named Misty nominated in Colorado, Utah primaries". FOXNews.com. FOX News Network. June 29, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Canham, Matt (June 28, 2016). "Utah's Misty Snow makes history as Democrats' transgender Senate nominee". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Bio". Misty K. Snow for U.S. Senate. Misty K. Snow for U.S. Senate. Retrieved October 22, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Greene, David. "Misty Snow Aims To Be The Nation's First Transgender Senator". npr.org. KUER 90.1. Snow: You know, I was raised LDS myself so I kind of know that culture. Most of my family's LDS. A lot of my friends are LDS. ... I didn't, like, have a lot of support to transition when I was younger, so I ended up doing it kind of more, like, a more - like, over the last few years. ... Yeah. When I was, like (unintelligible) I didn't have support from my mother to transition and, you know, so I put that off for a long time.
  8. ^ As seen on Chelsea, Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, season 1, "Whoa, I'm a Pop Star"
  9. ^ "Meet Misty K. Snow, the Nation's First Major-Party Transgender Candidate for U.S. Senate". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  10. ^ "Misty K. Snow running for Senate as a progressive who just happens to be transgender". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  11. ^ Maria L La Ganga in Denver (2016-07-04). "Transgender nominee for Congress: 'It's about damn time' politics got inclusive | Society". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Utah Senate Races Results". Politico. September 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "Utah statewide federal results". Utah Secretary of State. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  14. ^ Brighe, Mari (June 30, 2016). "Meet the Woman Who Could Become the First Out Trans U.S. Senator". ADVOCATE. Here Media Inc. Retrieved July 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Bowden, John (April 13, 2017). "Transgender candidate Misty Snow announces House bid in Utah". The Hill. NEWS COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Retrieved April 13, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Misty Snow at Wikimedia Commons

Party political offices
Preceded by
Sam Granato
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Utah
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