November 6, 2018 at 10:46 pm PST | by Michael K. Lavers
Two transgender women elected to N.H. House
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Two transgender women were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Nov. 6, 2018. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Two openly transgender women were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Gerri Cannon finished second in the Stafford County District 18, which includes the city of Somersworth, with 21 percent of the vote. Lisa Bunker will represent Rockingham County District 18, which includes the city of Exeter.

Cannon and Bunker will join Virginia state Del. Danica Roem as the only openly trans members of any state legislature in the country once they take office in January.

Meanwhile, Democrat Chris Pappas on Tuesday defeated Republican Eddie Edwards in the race to succeed retiring New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

Pappas, a member of New Hampshire’s Executive Council whose family owns a restaurant in Manchester, the state’s largest city, will be the first openly gay member of Congress from the Granite State.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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