Olivia Hill made history on Thursday when she won an at-large seat on the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County, becoming the first openly transgender official elected to public office in Tennessee.
“I want to say that I am elated,” Hill told The Tennessean following her historic win.
“For every trans kid in the state of Tennessee that has felt discomfort or that they didn’t belong…” Hill said. “We are valid. We are who we say we are. And we are going to move forward.”
A Nashville native, Hill graduated from Hillwood High School in 1983. She then served in the U.S. Navy from 1986-1995 and saw combat overseas during Desert Storm.
The newly-elected council has a record 22 female officials – 17 elected from districts and five at large, resulting in the council’s first female majority.
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Olivia Hill just became Tennessee’s first trans public official, and I don’t think we can overstate how important this is as a counter to our state’s extremism. https://t.co/oX6cxYFJ4K
— Matt Anderson (@mandersonville) September 15, 2023