First openly transgender state lawmaker elected in Virginia

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This makes Roem the first openly transgender person to be elected at either a state or federal level to be elected to a legislature. He held that position for the past 25 years.

When asked about Marshall after her victory, Roem said that "I don't attack my constituents".

Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate.

"Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor!"

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Democrat Danica Roem falls to her knees after getting a call from former vice president Joe Biden congratulating her on her win over incumbent Del. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".

"For trans youth across the country, Danica Roem's election isn't just a headline or even history", she added.

A closeted transgender woman, Althea Garrison, won a seat in the MA legislature in 1992. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government?" The race was one of the year's most high profile, drawing worldwide attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation's capital.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night after her victory, the Post reports. "It's gone from a state where no politician would dare to condemn the Confederacy to a state where a suburban district would elect a transgender candidate", Farnsworth said after the win according to the Washington Post.

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"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", Marshall wrote in a concession post on Facebook.

As she digested her victory Tuesday night, Roem continued to emphasize her plan to get traffic lights along Route 28 replaced with above-grade bypasses and a flyover, rather than grand social messages.

One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28. "If anybody thinks I was joking about that, they're about to be annoyed for the next two years as I constantly persist".

Roem also says she believes transparency and accountability are extremely important to the legislative process, and how Virginians perceive it.

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