Democrat Keturah Herron won a special election Tuesday night and will become the newest member of Kentucky’s General Assembly.
The 42nd House District, which includes parts of west Louisville, was left vacant by Rep. Reginald Meeks, who resigned in December after 21 years.
Herron, who previously worked for the ACLU of Kentucky as a political strategist, handily won the election with almost 95% of the vote as she garnered 1,950 votes compared to the 119 votes for Republican candidate Judy Martin Stallard.
Her election makes history as she becomes the first openly-LGBTQ Kentuckian elected to the state House. She will also be the third Black woman currently serving in the General Assembly.