Danica Roem beats Bob Marshall, becoming first elected official in Va to be openly transgender
PRINCE WILLIAM CO., Va. – Danica Roem has defeated 13-term Republican incumbent Bob Marshall in the House of Delegates, becoming the first transgender person elected to represent the Virginia state legislature.
The 33-year-old former journalist gained a significant lead over Marshall, who has been in office in 1991, and celebrated afterwards at a Democratic watch party in Lake Ridge.
“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives,” said Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charnielle Herring in a released statement. “During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform.”
Marshall has consistently been at odds with the LGBT community. Earlier this year, he unsuccessfully introduced a “bathroom bill.”
Roem focused her campaign on local issues including transportation and improving Route 28. However, she did release an ad about being a transgender women in response to Marshall refusing to address her as a woman.
Marshall released a statement on Facebook about the outcome:
“Thank you all for your support over the years and this last election. For 26 years I’ve been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future. Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years.
I’m committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward.
Thank you for your support, and God bless.”