Bay Area Elects First Transgender Judge

The dust has finally settled in the tightly contested race for Alameda County Superior Court with Victoria Kolakowski declaring victory by a two percent margin. Kolakowski is believed to be the nation’s first transgender judge.

The judge-elect said Monday that the election outcome “speaks well of our ability to look past differences and look to the things that matter: our ability and experience.”

Kolakowski, 49, has 21 years of legal experience, including work as a private attorney, corporate attorney and administrative law judge. She transitioned from male to female in 1989 during her last year in law school and had sex reassignment surgery in 1991.

Read more about the race in the SF Gate story. You can read a good, pre-election interview with Kolakowski here, on

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