It’s been a close race, but according to the New York Daily News, in the final, uncertified tally, 49-year-old Victoria Kolakowski, has defeated rival John Creighton with 162,082 votes to his 152,546.
Since the November 2nd election, the count has been close and until now, neither party had claimed victory, but with the lead having expanded in the final vote, Kolakowski has become the certain winner of the race.
With 21 years of legal experience behind her, Kolakowski almost didn’t get started in her profession due to her gender identity. Upon applying to take the Louisiana Bar, the Louisiana Bar Association rejected her application on the grounds that she was “not of sound mind” due to her being transgender. After appealing to the Louisiana Supreme Court, she was ultimately allowed to take the Bar.
She later moved to California, where she has been a private lawyer and corporate attorney.
Kolakowski’s win adds another mark in the column of The Victory Fund, which works to elect openly-LGBT candidates nationwide and succeeded in winning more than 106 seats around the country this November, as we reported on.