Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Danica Roem Has Become The First Openly Transgender Person Elected To Office

Danica Roem Has Become The First Openly Transgender Person Elected To Office

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", he said.

"History made tonight! #DanicaRoem has just become the first openly transgender legislator in US history", the Women's March also tweeted. She touted more than 25 years of public service experience as a policy aide, nonprofit executive director, consultant and employment specialist on her website.

So then what did Roem have to say about Marshall once it was announced that she had successfully beat him out for the state seat? "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".

Roem's victory still came as a surprise to many, though she won by almost 10 percent. That is why Roem's election is making headlines. In 1992 a transgender woman was voted into the Massachusetts House, but didn't disclose her gender identity until after she was elected.

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Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June. 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. "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. "The Old Dominion gives way to a very different New Dominion". She has won several awards from the Virginia Press Association.

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence". I never ran away from them.

"We're gonna finally fix Route 28", Roem said from a party in Gainesville where she declared victory.

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