Democratic candidate Danica Roem has defeated incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, to become Virginia’s first openly transgender state legislator, according to The Washington Post.
She unseats a 25-year incumbent who is among the state’s most vocal anti-LGBTQ lawmakers.
Marshall sponsored Virginia’s anti-trans “bathroom bill,” which sought to ban transgender residents from using public restrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.
“Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th,” Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in a statement.
“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform,” they added.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) November 8, 2017
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called win Danica’s “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country.”
“HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem’s trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement.
BREAKING: Come January, a trans woman will walk into the capitol built by Jefferson to take her seat in the Virginia legislature. Danica Roem will raise her right hand, swear an oath, and, will become the first out trans person to be elected to and serve in a state legislature.
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 8, 2017