Transgender Candidates



In 2015, I conducted a project (coauthored with Andrew Reynolds) to examine the success rates of transgender and gender-variant candidates for office around the world. We developed an original dataset of nearly 130 unique candidates (as of Nov. 2015) over nearly 40 years representing at least 30 countries. I presented this research to the British Parliament, London School of Economics, and the 2015 International LGBT Leaders Conference.


I continue to track transgender candidates in the United States,

often with the help of people around the country who take the time to contact me. Thank you!

Notes for Journalists Covering Transgender Issues:
Please see the Trans Journalists Association's
style guide for covering transgender people and issues.
List of Transgender &
Nonbinary U.S. Candidates

Candidacies - 2020: 40 | 2019: 21 | 2018: 53 | 2017: 25

Victories - 2020: 2 so far | 2019: 13 | 2018: 9 | 2017: 10

Last updated Wednesday, August 5, 2020

8:30 am Central


NP=non-partisan race


*=won primary

U.S. Senate

Elysabeth Britt (D) - Oklahoma (lost primary)

Bre Kidman (D), identifies as nonbinary - Maine (lost primary)

Paula Overby (Green/DFL) - Minnesota (primary Aug 11)

Danielle VanHelsing (I) - Maine (general Nov 3)

U.S. House

Cassandra Martineau (Green) - Connecticut 2

Barbara Ramsey (D) - Nebraska 1 (lost primary)

Monique Worthy (R) - Texas 13 (lost primary)

Veronikka Ziol (D) - Indiana 4 (lost primary)

State Senate

Melina Rayna Barratt - Florida 5 (primary Aug 18)

Angela Bridgman (D) - North Carolina 18 (lost primary)

Gray Ellis (D) - North Carolina 20 (lost primary)

Alex Hoffman (D) - Rhode Island 1 (primary Sept 8)

Sarah McBride (D) - Delaware 1 (primary Sept 15)

Shauna O'Toole (D) - New York 54 (general Nov 3; primary was canceled)

*Melissa Sue Robinson (D) - Idaho 13 (general Nov 3)

Erin Smith (R) - California 11 (lost primary)

Davin Sokup (D) (pictured above) - Minnesota 20 (did not receive party endorsement needed to advance in May)

State House

Kristen Browde (D) - New York 93 (lost primary)

Lisa Bunker (D) [Incumbent] - New Hampshire Rockingham 18 (primary Sept 8)

*Stephanie Byers (D) - Kansas 86 (general Nov 3)

Gerri Cannon (D) [Incumbent] - New Hampshire Strafford 18 (primary Sept 8)

*Janelle Crossley (D) - Pennsylvania 199 (general Nov 3)

Cassandra Devereaux (PFP) - California 14 (lost primary)

Gia Drew (D) - Maine 9 (lost primary)

Jamie Dufour (D) - Vermont Bennington-4 (primary Aug 11)

*Madi Eden (D) - Texas 17 (general Nov 3)

Kim Coco Iwamoto (D) - Hawaii 26 (primary Aug 8)

Paige Kreisman (D) - Oregon 42 (lost primary)

Mia Lozada (D) - Connecticut 3 (primary Aug 11)

*Addison Perry-Franks (D) - Texas 83  (general Nov 3)

Jenifer Rene Pool (D) - Texas 138 (lost primary runoff)

Ember Quinn (D) - Vermont Chittenden-10 (primary Aug 11)

Sherrie Scaffidi (D) - Nevada 40 (lost primary)

Taylor Small (D) - Vermont Chittenden-6-7 (primary Aug 11)

Ramona Thomas (D) - Kentucky 28 (lost primary)

*Brianna Titone (D) [Incumbent] - Colorado 27 (general Nov 3)

City Council

Rosemary Ketchum - Wheeling, WV


*Jill Rose Quinn (D) - Cook County IL, Circuit Court (won primary in March, no opponent in Nov general election)

Other Local Offices

Ian Dent (D) - Randolph County IN, County Coroner

Peyton Rose Michelle (D) - Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee District 046A (won in July) 

2020 Notes

  • Elisa Crespo (D) announced she will run for city council in the Bronx (New York) in 2021.

  • Monica DePaul (D) briefly ran for Florida's 4th Congressional district, but withdrew prior to the August 2020 primary. 

  • Amelia Marquez (D) briefly ran for Montana state senate district 25, but announced the end of that bid in December 2019.

  • Pam Rocker (D) announced she was running for President, but announced the end of her bid in February 2020.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2019.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2018.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2017.

This is the policy report format of this research project, published in October 2015 by the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative. The data regarding candidates (at the time of publication) is included in the report's appendix. If you know of someone we missed, please email me!

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