Andrea Jenkins is the first out trans person of color to be elected to any US office
Andrea Jenkins is the first out trans person of color to be elected to any US office
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Faculty member Andrea Jenkins made history Tuesday when she was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first trans person elected to a major city's governing body and the first out trans person of color elected to any office in the United States. Jenkins won in the city's Eighth Ward after being endorsed by the Star Tribune, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and of the Victory Fund.

Jenkins has worked to revitalize the neighborhood with small businesses and arts venues and organized a Trans* Equity Summit while emphasizing that the revitalization shall not come at the expense of poor people.

During her campaign, Jenkins stated that her priorities included developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health, and supporting minority artists. She is a historian with the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota as well as a poet, prose author, and performance artist who has received numerous grants for her work.

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