At 55, Laurie Jinkins became the first woman and also the first lesbian Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives. Elected last year, she took office on January 14, 2020. She succeeds Representative Frank Chopp.
From St. Petersburg, Democrat representative Michele Rayner, who is the only lesbian serving in the Florida legislature, is launching into a battle for equal marriage.
Tina Kotek announced her intention to run for governor in 2022.