Democrat Stacie Laughton made history this month when she was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Perhaps the biggest surprise, says Laughton, was the campaign itself.
"It was not vulgar," she told the Huffington Post. "It was the way I would like to see politics handled, in a positive manner. [My being transgender] was never an issue, and I was quite happy with that."
Laughton, 28, was born and raised in Nashua, the state's second largest city, where she still lives and works as the manager of an environmentally-friendly products company.