In 2013, Chris Beck, a former Navy SEAL with twenty years of service under his belt, publicly revealed he was transitioning to become a woman. After making headlines, publishing a memoir, and coming out with a documentary about the transition from Chris to Kristen, she set her sights on Congress—a plan, she says, she had all along. Her campaign for a seat in Maryland’s 5th congressional district means pushing out the second most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, and also becoming its first transgender member. But this isn’t stopping her from wanting to “shake it up,” as she told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in a recent interview. Beck talks about downplaying her gender and focusing on qualities that make her a leader, like her status as a veteran. She says her district is ready for a change.