Monday, January 4, 2010
First transgender woman appointed to senior US government post
Amanda Simpson, 49, has been made senior technical adviser at the commerce department in the bureau of industry of security.
She had the operation to change from man to woman in the late 1990s while working at the missile firm Raytheon in Arizona. She shares joint custody of her 13-year-old son with her former spouse.
"I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me," she said in a statement.
"But 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."
A former test pilot for Raytheon who helped persuade the company to adopt a policy protecting employees from discrimination and abuse based on gender identity, she will be responsible for protecting national security through the management of international trade, enforcement of treaties, and promotion of homeland, economic and cyber security.
In 2005, Simpson ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives, and acted as a delegate on behalf of Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.