Danica Roem wins reelection in Virginia state legislature

Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D) was reelected on Tuesday, becoming the first openly trans person to win reelection in a state legislature. 

Roem, who has represented Virginia’s 13th district since 2018, defeated Republican Kelly McGinn with roughly 56 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

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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. 

Annise Parker, president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, called Roem’s victory a “political revolution.” 

“Danica inspired trans people across the nation to run for office,” Parker told The Washington Blade. “Her reelection proves that political revolution is a lasting transformation — not an aberration.”

Roem made history in 2017 when she became the first openly trans elected official, defeating longtime Republican Del. Robert Marshall. 

Before becoming a delegate, Roem worked as a journalist at the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.

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