Florida elects first Iranian-American state lawmaker

First-time candidate Anna Eskamani elected to Florida House District 47


ORLANDO, Fla. – Anna Eskamani was elected to Florida House District 47 Tuesday, becoming first elected Iranian-American to hold any elected office in the Sunshine state.

Eskamani ran against Republican Stockton Reeves to replace Rep. Mike Miller in what was described as a hotly-contested race. District 47 includes Orlando and Winter Park.

"Together we've made history, in not only challenging the status quo and flipping a competitive state house seat-- but in also electing the first Iranian-American to any public office in Florida," Eskamani wrote in an email announcement after winning the election.

She is a UCF graduate and Orlando native who served as senior director of public affairs and communications at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for six years before filing to run for a seat in the Florida House.

Her platform focused on fighting for equality, environmental protection, fixing the affordable housing crisis and making health care more accessible.