On Tuesday, Danica Roem, a former journalist, defeated Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R), making her the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia.
In a statement, Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring stated, “Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th.”
The statement continued, “As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform.”
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Roem had favorable odds going into this election because Virginia’s 13th District choose Hillary Clinton over Trump by 14 percentage points during the 2016 presidential election.
After her victory, LGBTQ advocates praised her win with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), calling it, “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country.”
In a statement, Chad Griffin, the HRC president stated, “HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem’s trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia.”
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) November 8, 2017
Below are some reactions on Twitter:
Danica Roem didn't only win – she beat a vehemently anti-trans incumbent who called her "a guy who thinks he's a girl who wears a dress."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 8, 2017
Danica Roem (D) has defeated Bob Marshall (R) in HD13. She will be America's first transgender state legislator.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 8, 2017
Danica Roem has won and is the first openly transgender person elected to any state legislature.
I am tremendously proud the people of Virginia.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 8, 2017
BREAKING: Danica Roem (D) has defeated 26-year Del. Bob Marshall (R) in #HD13, becoming the first transgender person elected to VA's state legislature.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 8, 2017
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