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Stacie Laughton, New Hampshire's first transgender legislator, resigns

CONCORD, N.H. – The first transgender legislator in the history of New Hampshire has resigned.

On Nov. 6, Stacie Laughton, a transgender Democrat, defeated two Republicans for one of three seats in the state's House of Representatives in Ward 4. But Laughton submitted her resignation after a local newspaper reported that she had a criminal record and was not yet eligible to run for office.

The paper wrote:

Laughton, recently elected as one of three lawmakers to represent Hillsborough County House District 31, is a convicted felon and served 4 1/2 months in jail in 2008 for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. She was also convicted of tire slashing and at one point reportedly admitted she faked illness to gain an ambulance ride from Weirs Beach back to the heart of Laconia.

Despite the setback, Laughton said she would stay involved in activism and advocacy work for transgender issues.