For the first time in US history, an openly LGBT governor has been elected. The landmark election saw Kate Brown win the gubernatorial race in Oregon.
According to NPR:
Brown was the incumbent in her race — but running for election for the first time.
She stepped in as governor of Oregon in February 2012, after former Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned over an influence-peddling scandal. She was secretary of state at the time; as Oregon does not have a lieutenant governor, she was first in the line of succession.
“Now, she’ll serve the remaining two years of the four-year term Kitzhaber won during the 2014 election,” Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.
Brown gave an amazing speech in which she discussed the consequences of suffering in the closet, the whole thing is over at The Associated Press.
Governor Jim McGreevy of New Jersey came out in 2004, but he had already been elected. Thus, Brown is the first LGBT person to win a statewide gubernatorial election.