Stu Rasmussen (September 9, 1948 – November 17, 2021) was an American politician. He became the nation's first openly transgender mayor when he was elected as the mayor of Silverton, Oregon in November 2008.
|Mayor of Silverton, Oregon|
January 2009 – January 2015
|Preceded by||Ken Hector|
|Succeeded by||Rick Lewis|
|Born||September 9, 1948|
Silverton, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||November 17, 2021 (aged 73)|
Silverton, Oregon, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (since 1996)|
|Independent (before 1996)|
He had previously been elected twice in the 1990s as mayor of this Willamette Valley community, before coming out as transgender. He was also three times a member of the city council. He was assigned male at birth, identified as a man, prefered masculine pronouns, had breast implants, and had a feminine gender expression. He sometimes went by the name Carla Fong.
Rasmussen unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1994 as an independent, and a seat in the Oregon State Senate in 1996 as a Democrat. He ran for the House again in 1998 as a Democrat, losing with 41% of the vote.
Rasmussen died from prostate cancer on November 17, 2021, at the age of 73.
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- America's first openly transgender mayor, Silverton's Stewart 'Stu' Rasmussen dies