"I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others."—Amanda Simpson, a trans woman and President Obama's new appointee to the Commerce Department as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Bureau of Industry and Security.
ABC News notes that Simpson has served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, and "was instrumental in convincing the military contractor to add gender identity and expression to its equal employment opportunity policy." Simpson was also a YWCA "Woman on the Move" in 2004, is a former Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, and "was a delegate for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to the Democratic National Convention in 2008."
[H/T to Mr. and Mrs. ASDKids2.]