Prominent transgender woman to run against Hoyer

A view of Kristin Beck's campaign website

WASHINGTON -- Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who gained attention in 2013 when she came out as a transgender woman, will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, according to a state filing made public Wednesday.

Beck, who wrote a memoir describing her journey and who was the subject of a CNN documentary in September, had a 20-year career in the military and was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group known as Seal Team 6.


It's not clear why Beck is choosing to challenge Hoyer, the second-highest ranking House Democrat who is widely considered safe in the Southern Maryland seat. Hoyer publicly stated his support for Maryland lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage in 2012 a few months before one of his daughters announced she is gay.

In a statement, Hoyer said he is proud to represent the district, appreciates the support of his constituents and "will continue to work on their behalf to address their priorities, and earn their vote in 2016."


Beck could not immediately be reached for comment. She has put up a campaign website that is not yet complete. She has not yet filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission that will be required to raise campaign money.

Beck considered running in Florida in 2013 to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young, but ultimately did not qualify, according to news reports at the time.

Her candidacy in Maryland was revealed in a filing made public on the Maryland Board of Elections website.