Sarah McBride wins her State Senate race in Delaware, a landmark for transgender legislators.

Sarah McBride won her State Senate race in Delaware on Tuesday, making her the first openly transgender person to be elected to that position nationwide. When she is sworn in, she will become the nation’s highest-ranking transgender elected official.

Ms. McBride, 30, a Democrat and an activist, handily defeated Steve Washington, a Republican, in the First State Senate District, which includes Wilmington and leans heavily left.

“We did it,” she said on Twitter shortly after her race was called. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”

In a statement, Annise Parker, president of the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Fund, called Ms. McBride’s win “a powerful testament to the growing influence of transgender leaders in our politics.”

Ms. McBride interned at the White House during the Obama administration and later lobbied the Delaware General Assembly on a transgender rights bill, which was signed into law in 2013.

In 2016 she became the first transgender person to speak at a major party’s national convention when she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention.

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