Danica Roem made history in 2017 by becoming the first-ever out trans state legislator, and she has made history again by winning reelection. Roem won triumphantly winning 56 percent of the vote against anti-LGBT+ candidate Kelly McGinn, ‘The Daily Beast’ reports.
Roem’s focus has been on healthcare and local issues in the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
“Danica Roem has once again made history, becoming the longest-serving and first openly transgender elected official to be re-elected in our nation’s history,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement. “Throughout her tenure in the House of Delegates, Roem has remained focused on the needs of her constituents, despite hateful and divisive attacks from anti-LGBTQ groups and her opponents.”
Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said about Roem: “In 2017, Danica wrote the playbook on how transgender candidates can defeat anti-LGBTQ opponents through authenticity and attention to everyday issues—and her reelection victory sets it in stone.”
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