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.