Tyler Titus, a candidate for Erie School Board, on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania.
The 33-year-old father of two boys successfully campaigned for one of four open seats on the board. Titus is a licensed professional counselor who works in public and private schools throughout Erie.
Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about his win:
“Tyler Titus shattered a lavender ceiling in Pennsylvania today – and his victory will resonate well-beyond state boundaries. Trans people remain severely underrepresented in our politics and government, and now more than ever we need trans voices like Tyler’s in the halls of power. This is a historic night for trans candidates across the country – and Tyler is part of a vanguard of leaders who are determined to be part of the conversation on issues that affect their lives.”
Pennsylvania was one of at least three states with historic wins Tuesday night. Danica Roem defeated an incumbent who introduced a “bathroom bill” to become the first openly transgender woman elected in Virginia. Andrea Jenkins won 73 percent of the vote against three opponents to be elected to Minneapolis city council in Ward 8. She’s the first transgender person of color to be elected to any office in the U.S.