Charlotte Clymer, a Transgender woman who calls Texas her home state, recently rose through the ranks as a political figure this past year. She received a job offer as the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, got blocked by President Donald J. Trump on Twitter, advocated for Trans-community rights in the military as an Army veteran herself, continued her Masters of Art in Public Policy at The George Washington University, and working towards a book deal. This isn’t the first time that Clymer has rattled her community with activism. At the age of 18, Clymer ran for Round Rock City Council while still a senior in high school. Clymer didn’t just enter the political scene, she flew in with a bang when she beat two of four candidates at the polls. Now, Clymer fights for active representation, believing all officials in public office should follow her words, “what is it like for the people you are leading”?
When asked what was next for her, Eddie Bernice Johnson, a United States Representative serving the 30th district of Texas laughed a bit and simply said, “I’m going to retire!” A well deserved retirement it will be. Johnson, a Waco native, began serving in 1972 when she won a landslide election to claim her seat in the Texas House of Representatives, the first African American woman ever elected to public office in Dallas. She has been working in public service since.