Virginia Elects Danica Roem, The State’s First Trans Legislator, to House of Delegates


Danica Roem, a transgender woman who ran for and won the state’s House of Delegates, became the first openly transgender state legislator in Virginia’s history.

On Tuesday, Roem defeated the state’s most conservative lawmaker, Robert G. Marshall, in Virginia’s 13th House of Delegates district, reported The Washington Post.

Marshall, 73, was in office 26 years before being defeated by 33 year old Roem.

Marshall refused to debate Roem. The self described “chief homophobe” introduced a transgender “bathroom bill” that did not make it past committee earlier this year.

Roem took 54% of the votes, while Marshall had 45%.