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Transgender lawmaker resigns over controversy stemming from felony conviction

NASHUA -- The first openly transgendered person elected to the N.H. House of Representatives will resign her position, she said Tuesday, after a storm of controversy in light of her past criminal behavior.

"I didn't want to have to do this," said Rep.-elect Stacie Marie Laughton, D-Nashua. "There's been a lot of people that have said stay strong, keep your head up, stay in it. It's going to be difficult to be able to do that in this upcoming session, and to possibly face expulsion."

Laughton said she made the decision Tuesday after being contacted by state Democratic leaders, who urged her to consider her options given potential legal challenges that could question the legitimacy of her candidacy.

"No one asked me to resign, but they were asking me to seriously consider all of the different things that have been presented to me, and they urged me to make a final decision sooner rather than later."

Laughton, 28, was elected last month to represent Nashua's Ward 4.

"I don't think it would look good for the state," she said. "I don't think it would look good for the party, and I don't think that the citizens would like to see their beloved representative-elect be expelled."

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