Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund’s Vice President of Political Programs Sean Meloy announced he will run for the U.S. Congress in a potentially history-making race where he could become the first out LGBTQ U.S. representative from Pennsylvania. Meloy will run for the state’s 17th congressional district, an open seat vacated by U.S. Representative Conor Lamb earlier this year. The swing district seat is considered a key hold for Democrats in 2022.
Meloy is not currently endorsed by Victory Fund and will follow the same process and need to meet the same criteria as other federal candidates endorsed by its Victory Campaign Board. With the announcement, Meloy will transition from his current position to be a senior political advisor for Victory Fund’s non-federal races. Victory Fund will hire two additional members of the political team to prepare for the 2022 election cycle.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the announcement:
“There is no bigger advocate for Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities than Sean, who invests enormous amounts of time and resources to building up the Democratic party and its candidates throughout the state. Not driven by ideology or absolutism, Sean is a leader who prizes progressive pragmatism and believes a government that reflects the diversity of America will perform best for its people. He’s helped many of our LGBTQ members of Congress win tough races in key swing districts, so it is fitting he is now on-track to do the same in Pennsylvania.”
With a victory, Meloy would join the ranks of other LGBTQ members of Congress to win a seat in a key swing district, including: U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (MN-2), Sharice Davids (KS-3), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Chris Pappas (NH-1).
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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.