Amanda Simpson, transgender woman, appointed as DOC advisor


Amanda Simpson made history Monday when she became the first-ever presidential appointee who is transgender.

Simpson, who has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. Her most recent job was as the Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems.

“I’m truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me,” Simpson said in a statement released by the National Center for Transgender Equality, where she also serves as a member of the board.

“And at the same time, 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.”

In 2005, Simpson ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives. She was also a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.