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Andrea Jenkins Wins Unanimous Support To Lead Minneapolis City Council As President; At Divided Tense Time, Becomes First Trans Woman To Lead Council

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out Black trans woman elected to public office in the US when she joined the Minneapolis City Council in 2017.5g4g4“I hope that it serves as inspiration for other trans and gender non-conforming people,” Jenkins told NBC News. “My vision for this council and for the city of Minneapolis is that we come together and begin the really significant work of healing after our city has been rocked by the murder of George Floyd and so many other Black and brown people who have lost their lives at the hands of the state.”Andrea Jenkins & Linea Palmisano represent the best of public service.

They get things done, stand up for equitable policymaking, and build bridges. Congrats to the newly-elected Council President @annapoetic and Vice President @LineaPalmisano.Jenkins rose to national prominence following the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

Floyd was a resident of Jenkins’ district, and the council member immediately brought the brutal actions by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to the fore, calling Floyd’s death a “symbol for a knee on the neck of Black America.”“The whole of Minneapolis will benefit from the leadership that Councilor Jenkins has delivered since she was first elected in 2017,” said JoDee Winterhof, Human Rights Campaign vice president of policy and political affairs, in a statement. “Councilor Jenkins’ reputation as a tireless advocate, her dedication to public service and her efficacy in fighting on behalf of those on the margins of society have been recognized and reaffirmed by her peers on the council.

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