Mark yesterday down as a moment in history as on November 7, Danica Roem became the first ever transgender lawmaker to ever be elected to such a position.
Virginia voters could not get rid of pro-Trump incumbent Republican Bob Marshall quick enough, and Rome won by quite a wide margin.
Marshall made headlines earlier this year when he introduced his “bathroom” bill, that was knocked back in committee.
Throughout her campaign, Roem, 32, focused on gay, transgender and immigrant rights, but the states’ infrostructure was the main topic of debate throughout the build up to the election yesterday.
Roem only began her physical gender transition four years ago, and undoubtedly took great pride in dethroning Marshall, a 13 term incumbent who often referred to himself as Virginia’s Chief Homophobe.
Her win comes alongside that of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) victory in the governor’s race, that marks the first major win for the Democrats since Trump became president.
Before entering into politics, Roem was a journalist, working for the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.
“Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th,” Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement.
“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform,” they added.
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