Amanda Simpson is a rocket scientist who has run for a state representative seat in Arizona. She is the first openly-transgendered person to earn a presidential appointment.
Born Mitchell Simpson, Amanda transitioned into a woman in 2000. Since her transition, she has fought for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. In 2005, she convinced her employer of 26 years, Raytheon, to become the first major aerospace and defense contractor to add gender identity to its discrimination policy.
Simpson now works at the Bureau of Industry and Security, an agency within the Commerce Department. She helps monitor exports of defense technology in order to assure dangerous weapons do not fall into the hands of U.S. enemies.