While the world keeps a weather eye on the nail-biting vote-counting of the US Election 2020 for the outcome of a tight electoral battle between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, Sarah McBride makes history for being the first transgender to win a state Senate race.
Democrat Sarah McBride defeated her Republican opponent, Steve Washington, in Delaware’s Senate election and will replace Senator Harris McDowell, who is going to retire at the end of his term. McBride will become the first openly transgender state senator in America as well as the country’s highest-ranking transgender official when sworn in.
McBride’s campaign called for affordable health care, improving school funding, increasing the minimum wage, and a universal pre-kindergarten policy among other issues. She calls the historic victory an honor and hopes to “meet this moment with meaningful results that make a real difference in the lives of Delawareans here in this district and around our state.”
Sarah McBride, the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, also hoped the Senate Election Results in Delaware “might send a comforting and hopeful message to a young person, in Delaware or really anywhere else in this country, who’s struggling with who they are and how they fit into this world. It might be able to send them a message that their voice matters, and our democracy is big enough for them.”
Sarah McBride made her mark in the annals of the US political history as the first openly transgender person to work at the White House (when she interned with the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2012) and as the first transgender person to speak at a major party’s national convention (when she addressed the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia).