Leigh Finke to become first transgender legislator in Minnesota House

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11/09/2022

ST. PAUL, Minn. Leigh Finke will be the first transgender legislator in the Minnesota House after she handily won the seat for District 66A on Tuesday night. According to the secretary of state, she defeated Republican Trace Johnson 81% to 18% and will serve St. Paul, Falcon Heights, Roseville, and Lauderdale. The first-time candidate was endorsed by top DFL-ers, including Gov. Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Sen. Tina Smith. Finke, who is a Twin Cities Native and a filmmaker for the American Civil Liberties Union, decided to run earlier this year.

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