Sarah grew up in Wilmington in the First Senate District. She has been involved in progressive and community advocacy for most of her life, including working for former Governor Jack Markell, Attorney General Beau Biden, and in the Obama White House.
In 2013, McBride joined the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware and became the leading advocate for the state’s landmark non-discrimination legislation, which was signed into law in June of 2013. Since then, Sarah has worked with state leaders to expand health care covered by Medicaid in Delaware and, in 2017, helped secure passage of legislation protecting vulnerable youth from child abuse.
For her efforts advancing equality in Delaware, former Gov. Markell awarded Sarah the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honor.
Sarah currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. In 2016, she made history when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. And this past year, Sarah taught public policy to students at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute.
In 2018, Sarah published Tomorrow Will Be Different. The book recounts her experiences fighting for equality in Delaware and nationally, as well as her relationship with her late husband, Andrew Cray, for whom McBride was a caregiver throughout a battle with cancer that ultimately claimed his life.
McBride lives in Wilmington’s Highlands neighborhood, blocks away from where she was raised. She is a graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and American University. Sarah serves on several local boards, including the board of the Delaware Art Museum.
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