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.