Sarah McBride

Delaware State Senate, District 1

Spotlight Candidate

Sarah will be one of the first openly trans state senators in American history!

Biography

One of America’s leading LGBTQ advocates, McBride has been active in local politics and issue campaigns from a young age. She co-founded a statewide high school young Democrats organization and worked for the campaigns of former Gov. Jack Markell and the late Attorney General Beau Biden. While in college at American University, McBride interned in the Obama White House, becoming the first openly transgender woman to work in the White House in any capacity.

In 2013, McBride joined the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware and became the leading advocate for the state’s gender identity non-discrimination legislation, which was signed into law in June of 2013. For her efforts advancing equality in Delaware, former Gov. Markell awarded Sarah the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honor.

Sarah currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. She made history in 2016 when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

McBride lives in Wilmington’s Highlands neighborhood, blocks away from where she was raised. She is a graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and American University. Sarah serves on several local boards, including the board of the Delaware Art Museum.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Sarah will be the first openly transgender state senator in American history and the first out LGBTQ person elected to the Delaware legislature.

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