Danica Roem becomes first openly transgender elected official in Virginia

Virginia has elected its first openly transgender official. 32-year-old Danica Roem defeated Tuesday her Republican opponent, incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall, becoming a representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
Danica Roem Photo Credit: Facebook/Channel 2 News

Danica Roem made history Tuesday by becoming the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia. Roem defeated her Republican opponent, incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall, who has held the position for 25 years.

In a historic vote, 32-year-old Roem, a former journalist, won the seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates as the representative from the 13th District. Roem’s gender identity was not a major part of her campaign. Her agenda focused on employment, education and the state’s transport infrastructure.



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