Becomes First Out Trans Person to Be Re-Elected to State Legislature
Danica Roem has made history for a second time, by becoming the first out transgender person to win reelection to a state legislature. Roem, fighting anti-LGBTQ candidate Kelly McGinn in Virginia, emerged triumphant on Tuesday night, winning 56 per cent of the vote.
Roem’s victory means she will continue to represent the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates—encompassing Manassas, Manassas Park, Gainesville, and Haymarket—where she made history in 2017 by becoming the first ever out transgender state legislator, with her focus on healthcare and local issues, including transport.
LGBTQ advocacy groups were quick to praise Roem's reelection, calling it a historic moment.
"Delegate Roem has been an effective leader in Richmond & she isn’t finished yet. We look forward to continue working with this amazing legislator to advance equality for all," Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David said in a tweet.
Before becoming a delegate, Roem worked as a journalist at the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.
Source: The Hill