Amanda Simpson has become the first transgender woman to receive a presidential appointment. She will be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department in the Bureau of Industry and Security.
She has degrees in physics, engineering and business and is a certified flight instructor. A former test pilot, she has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years. Most recently she has been at Raytheon as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development for Raytheon and transitioned while in that position.
In 2005, she ran for the Arizona House of Representatives but was not elected but was the first transgender person to win a political primary. She was a Clinton delegate to the 2008 Democratic convention.