Misty Snow

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Misty Snow
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Personal details
Born (1985-07-19) July 19, 1985 (age 34)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
WebsiteOfficial website

Misty Kathrine Snow (born July 19, 1985[1]) is an American politician[2][3] who became known for being one of the first two openly transgender people in the United States to have been nominated by a major political party for a national office, the other being Misty Plowright. This happened when she became the Democratic nominee in the United States Senate election in Utah, 2016. 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 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 drifted away from 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]

Electoral history[edit]

Snow was the first openly transgender candidate to win a major party primary for the US Senate.[11] She won the Democratic primary vote in Utah by 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 Sanders-style 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, who currently holds Utah's 2nd congressional district.[15]

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.
  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.
  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.
  6. ^ "Bio". Misty K. Snow for U.S. Senate. Misty K. Snow for U.S. Senate. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  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.
  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.
  15. ^ Bowden, John (April 13, 2017). "Transgender candidate Misty Snow announces House bid in Utah". The Hill. NEWS COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Retrieved April 13, 2017.

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
(Class 3)

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