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This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

Yesterday, Virginia elected Democratic candidate Danica Roem who is now the first openly transgender woman to have been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Roem was open about her gender identity and had backing from LGBT groups. In the run-up to the election, Roem focused on issues such as jobs, traffic and local schools, opting not to make gender issues a cornerstone of her campaign.

Virginia has a new representative working on behalf of the state's 13th district in its House of Delegates - and she rocks.

"Local journalism is where I learned public policy, and I'm going to bring a reporter's sensibilities to Richmond so we can actually accomplish the things I'm setting out to do without hyperbole, without discrimination, and basically making sure that we create a more inclusive Commonwealth, so no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, you are welcomed and celebrated in Virginia because of who you are, not despite it", she told FOX 5.

Roem had been running against Delegate Bob Marshall who held the office for 25 years.

A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party.

Marshall introduced a "bathroom bill" earlier in the year, requiring people to use only the restroom that matched their biological sex.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.

The night was historic a lot of "firsts" to be elected happened, like Danica Roem.

Roem is a journalist who worked for nine years reporting for the Gainesville Times and Price William Times. "For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", Marshall wrote in a concession post on Facebook.

And Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major U.S. city when she was elected to represent Ward 8 of Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June.

"Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue-sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation", said Moodie-Mills.