Dana Nessel Becomes First Out LGBTQ Person Elected Statewide in Michigan; Second Attorney General in U.S.

Washington, DC – Tonight Dana Nessel made history in winning her election for Michigan Attorney General, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected statewide in Michigan and just the second openly LGBTQ person elected attorney general anywhere in the nation. Michigan voters also elected state Rep. Jeremy Moss to the state Senate, the first openly LGBTQ person elected to that body, and Jon Hoadley and Tim Sneller were both reelected to the state House.

Victory Fund made Nessel one of its “Game Changer” candidates and raised more than $33,000 for her campaign. All three state legislative candidates were endorsed by Victory Fund.

“Dana has shattered a lavender ceiling in Michigan and achieved what only one other openly LGBTQ person ever has – being elected attorney general of her state,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Dana’s struggles and experiences as an openly lesbian woman has forged in her a commitment to fairness and equal rights – and her tremendous passion and energy for uplifting those values will be invaluable in the attorney general’s office. In electing Dana, Michigan voters forever changed what is possible for an openly LGBTQ candidate in the state and opened the door to more LGBTQ leaders who want to run and make change.”

Live Election Night Results: Victory Fund is live-tracking the election results for 225 of its openly LGBTQ endorsed candidates. The latest updates can be found at victoryfund.org/results2018.

Rainbow Wave by the Numbers: LGBTQ Victory Fund released several reports on the unprecedented Rainbow Wave of openly LGBTQ candidates who ran for office during the 2018 election cycle, including one reporting on the total number of candidates who ran, another looking at the total number of candidates by state, and one analyzing Congressional and gubernatorial nominees.


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