Oklahoma state representative Al McAffrey may be the state's new openly gay state senator now, but for those of us who follow politics, he's an old friend. McAffrey won a special election on Valentine's Day to replace resigning state senator Andrew Rice.
McAffrey became the first openly gay member of the Oklahoma state legislature when he was elected to the House of Representatives with the backing of the Victory Fund in 2006. He was reelected in 2010...
"Al's election to the State Senate is another milestone for LGBT Oklahomans, and we are proud to support his campaign," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. "There are still a number of states that have never elected any openly LGBT state legislators, so Oklahoma can be proud that Al has been elected to both the House and the Senate."
I first met McAffrey at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He walked up and started talking to me about the blog and the state of LGBT politics. I found him to be a kind, charming and thoughtful man - a rare trait among politicians. We need more like him.
McAffrey and New Hampshire Representative Marlene DeChane were the first politicians to make a shout-out video for Bilerico Project back in late 2008. I've put it after the jump.