Danica Roem Becomes First Trans State Legislator in Virginia

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She also argued that Marshall, who has served in the House since 1992, has spent too much time on social policy.

"Danica defeated "Bigot Bob" Marshall not because she is transgender, but because she presented a positive vision for her constituents that will improve their lives".

Roem raised more than twice as many funds as Marshall, receiving significant donations from out of state and national donors including the Victory Fund, a national group that aims to elect LGBTQ leaders. In contrast, Roem just turned 33 this September, making her victory even more inspiring.

After her win on Tuesday night, Danica Roem appeared live on FOX 5 DC Wednesday morning to talk about her campaign, the issues she's passionate about and what's ahead as she heads to Richmond.

Two for you Virginia, and none for Bob Marshall bye.

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The Republican has taken harsh stances against the LGBTQ community, including writing Virginia's state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriages, which was consequently rejected by a federal judge. Maybe if weren't so judgmental and homophobic, he could have lost with dignity. In that time, Marshall wrote an anti-gay marriage amendment and sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill (which infamously banned students from using the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity and required administrators to out trans kids to their parents), as well as a ban on gay people serving in the National Guard-just lots and lots of very bad stuff.

During an interview about his opponent, Marshall kept referring to Roem as "he".

"Tell me which school program or transportation program you want to cut?" According to the Post, he refused to debate Roem and insisted on referring to her using male pronouns - tactics in keeping with his self-proclaimed status as the state's "chief homophobe", but ultimately less than useful during the campaign.

On Tuesday night after she was declared victor, Roem displayed the same sense of composure that she did in the face of anti-trans insults from her opponent over the past few months.

Roem is the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature. After campaigning for a seat in the Minneapolis City Council, she went on to win 73 percent of the votes last night.

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