Washington, DC – Tonight LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Becca Balint won the election for Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District. She is now the first out LGBTQ person and first woman ever elected to Congress from Vermont. Before her historic win tonight, Vermont was the only state to have never elected a woman to Congress. A record number of LGBTQ people ran for Congress this year.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, issued the following statement:
“The future of LGBTQ equality and women’s rights were on the ballot – and Vermonters delivered tonight. For nearly a decade, Becca led efforts to pass meaningful legislation to increase fairness and equity within Vermont. Now, she is ready to do the same in Congress. We are confident Becca will be a fierce pro-equality, pro-choice champion in the House of Representatives. We are also confident her historic victory tonight will inspire countless other LGBTQ and women leaders to pursue public service.”
There are currently just 11 out LGBTQ people serving in Congress. To reach equitable representation, voters must elect 21 more LGBTQ people to the U.S. House of Representatives and five more LGBTQ people to the U.S. Senate, according to LGBTQ Victory Institute.
Victory Fund is tracking Election Night results at victoryfund.org/2022.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.