Danica Roem Becomes First Trans State Legislator in Virginia

Posted November 09, 2017

She also talked about her transition and said: "I started transitioning while working at the newspaper in 2012, began hormone replacement therapy December 3, 2013, changed my name, gender and byline in 2015 and no one cared".

Roem was open about her gender identity and had backing from LGBT groups. Roem, who is openly transgender (and plays in a metal band), ran against Bob Marshall, a Republican incumbent who infamously billed himself as the commonwealth's "chief homophobe". She also argued that Marshall had spent too much of his energy during his term tackling social issues.

Roem, a former journalist, built her campaign on popular issues like traffic congestion on local highways, improving schools, increasing teachers' pay, supporting civil rights, creating more jobs in the region and raising minimum wage.

In addition to this year's bathroom bill, Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.

She and her supporters knocked on doors more than 75,000 times in the district, which contains 52,471 registered voters.

"Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor", she told The Seattle Times after her win. "It was great. I could just keep doing my job". The race was one of the year's most high profile, drawing global attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation's capital.

Danica Roem's Slogan: "Fix Route 28 Now" In an online ad produced by The People PAC, Roem speaks the camera and first identifies herself - before anything else - as a life-long Manassas resident: "I was born and raised at Prince William Hospital in Manassas and I've lived in Manassas ever since".

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night after her victory, the Post reports. "For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", Marshall wrote in a concession post on Facebook. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years", the statement read. "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward".