Jenkins, a former policy aide to two city council members, captured 73% of the votes to win Minneapolis’ Eight Ward over three other candidates Tuesday night.
Jenkins picked up endorsements from the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as Congressman Keith Ellison while running a campaign emphasizing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage and fair policing.
“As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus. Those days are over. We don’t just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table,” Jenkins said in her victory speech, according to KMSP.
Jenkins, who is also an award-winning poet, writer, and performance artist, makes history alongside Danica Roem, a transgender woman who won a seat in Virginia’s legislature.
Roem has become the first openly transgender person to serve in the House of Delegates after defeating Republican incumbent Del. Bob Marshall.