Lauren Baer has a chance to make history.
Baer, who served as a senior U.S. State Department advisor, is seeking a South Florida congressional district seat. If elected next fall, Baer would become the first Congresswoman in a same-sex marriage.
“I’m not running as a gay candidate,” Baer told the Palm Beach Post. “I’m running as a candidate who is gay. We share the same values as other folks, have the same concerns for our daughters as other folks have for their children.”
Baer married Emily Meyers, an attorney, in 2014 in a ceremony in New York. The couple have an 11-month-old daughter.
Baer will campaign as a Democrat for house seat 18 currently held by Republican Brian Mast. Congressional district 18 includes parts of Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.
At State, Baer worked under the direction of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Her field of expertise is in development of foreign policy related to democracy, human rights and international law. She advised former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and, reportedly, works as a consultant for Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.
Baer’s great-grandparents founded Baer’s Furniture.
In a prepared statement, Baer said “as the mother of an infant, and the daughter of parents in their 60s, I am committed to creating a bright future for all of our children, making government work for working families, and protecting our seniors.”
House seat 18 is viewed by political consultants as a swing district. Pam Keith, a U.S. Navy veteran, is also seeking the Democratic nomination. Keith ran unsuccessfully last election cycle for the Democratic nomination in Florida’s U.S. Senate campaign.