It's early January, and Sarah McBride is sitting at a desk in her parents' house in Delaware. A "Sarah McBride for State Senate" yard sign is wedged between a bookshelf and the wall — already a relic from the election she won two months earlier. "It's been a whirlwind," she says, leaning forward and taking off her glasses to rub her eyes. And not just because it's her first time holding public office: When she won her election for state senator of Delaware's 1st District with an overwhelming 73 percent of the vote, she became the highest-ranking openly trans elected official in U.S. history. Even on a video call, it's easy to imagine how she captured three-quarters of her constituents in November. At 30 years old, she's already well into her second decade in politics. She was 13 when she tagged along on a campaign for the first time, for a friend of her dad's who was running for Delaware insurance commissioner. At 17, she worked on Democrat Jack Markell's bid to be governor, recruiting about 50 high school volunteers that Markell credits, in part, for his upset win. McBride became a fixture at his public appearances, introducing him at… Read full this story
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