Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official

Michele Moreno
November 9, 2017

Marshall sponsored a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and also introduced a bathroom bill this year created to require transgenders to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex rather than the sex they identify with. And while her victory took what some pundits viewed as a gutsy path to victory in a state whose politics were once defined by far more conservative views, she insisted she never wavered in her decision, trusting voters to take faith in her message and see past her non-traditional day job and lifestyle. "This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it".

Marshall was aggressively transphobic in his campaign, including refusing to debate Roem and consistently referring to her with the wrong pronoun.

For months, Roem had knocked on doors and visited subdivisions, talking to anyone who would listen about her goal of alleviating traffic on Northern Virginia's crowded roadways.

She beat Bob Marshall, who had served in Virginia's House of Delegates since 1992.

"Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor!"

When asked if she wanted to say anything about Marshall after winning last night, Roem said, "I have nothing but nice things to say about Bob".

Ms Roem championed gay, transgender and immigrant rights during her campaign, but the race mostly focused on the state's transport infrastructure.

Roem is the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature.

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

Roem led by almost 10 percentage points with almost all of the vote counted, according to preliminary, unofficial results.

Marshall conceded to Roem in a post on his Facebook page.

Standing atop a table inside a pub Tuesday night in the Washington, D.C. exurb of Prince William County, Democrat Danica Roem veered briefly from the script she'd followed so closely in her march to represent Virginia's 13th legislative district. "This is why I ran".

"We're gonna finally fix Route 28", Roem said from a party in Gainesville where she declared victory.

Other reports by Insurance News

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