RENO, Nev. — Nevada business consultant and community activist Lauren Scott has filed to run as a Republican candidate for the state Assembly, and if elected, would be the country’s first openly transgender person to serve as a state legislator.
Scott is the executive director of Equality Nevada and a leading advocate for civil rights issues in Nevada. She also works as a consultant to government and private industry, focusing on business development and renewable energy issues.
Formerly a Democrat, Scott registered as a Republican for the first time last year, and said that as a Republican she can more effectively work to overcome the gridlock in Carson City.
Scott was an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force for nearly seven years, and was awarded two Achievement Medals and a Commendation Medal for her service during Operation Desert Storm.
She received an honorable discharge in 1994.
Last year Scott worked for the successful passage of the Nevada Assembly’s bill to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.