And in Virginia’s Prince William County, Democrat Danica Roem is set to become the nation’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, after she was elected to represent the 13th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates. This is the former journalist Danica Roem speaking ahead of Tuesday’s election.
Danica Roem: “It shouldn’t be a revolutionary act to say, 'This is who I am. This is why I'm well qualified for office, as a longtime local reporter and as a lifelong resident of the district I’m running to represent.’ It shouldn’t be revolutionary to have to say, like, 'And I'm transgender.’ It is, yes, I am all of these things.”
With her victory, Roem will unseat 73-year-old 13-term incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, who has repeatedly called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” Marshall authored an unsuccessful “bathroom bill” that would have prohibited transgender people from using public restrooms matching their gender identity.