Meet Virginia's First Openly Transgender State Lawmaker

Danica Roem made history Tuesday night when she was elected to become Virginia’s first openly transgender state lawmaker—one of a spate of historic victories on Election Day 2017.


The win was made a little sweeter by the fact that Roem defeated incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, a 26-year veteran of Virginia’s state legislature who introduced an anti-trans bathroom bill earlier this year.

“I want to make a point here that no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, who you love, how you identify...We are stronger together,” Roem said in a passionate victory speech on Tuesday night.

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