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Politics Danica Roem wins reelection in Virginia state legislature

05:15  06 november  2019
05:15  06 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Democrats say taking the Virginia state legislature could signal national success

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Danica Roem made history on November 7, becoming the first transgender person to be elected and seated to a state legislature . Roem 's success in local politics has made a national impact, setting the stage for other first-time candidates and transgender people to run for—and win — elections

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Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D) was reelected on Tuesday, becoming the first openly trans person to win reelection in a state legislature.

a woman holding a baseball bat: Danica Roem wins reelection in Virginia state legislature© Greg Nash Danica Roem wins reelection in Virginia state legislature

Roem, who has represented Virginia's 13th district since 2018, defeated Republican Kelly McGinn with roughly 56 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

LGBTQ advocacy groups were quick to praise Roem's reelection, calling it a historic moment.

"Delegate Roem has been an effective leader in Richmond & she isn't finished yet. We look forward to continue working with this amazing legislator to advance equality for all," Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David said in a tweet.

Virginia’s state legislature elections are Democrats’ first big enthusiasm test before 2020

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On Tuesday, Virginia 's 13th District elected Danica Roem , the first-ever openly transgender state legislator . Marshall has been representing the district in Virginia 's General Assembly for 25 years, or 11 terms. The election received significant national attention despite being a local race.

Danica Roem won a seat in the Virginia state legislature , defeating Republican Bob Marshall. Photograph: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images. David Toscano, the Democratic leader in Virginia ’s house of delegates, said: “It’s historic It sends a message to politicians everywhere that the politics

Annise Parker, president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, called Roem's victory a "political revolution."

"Danica inspired trans people across the nation to run for office," Parker told The Washington Blade. "Her reelection proves that political revolution is a lasting transformation - not an aberration."

Roem made history in 2017 when she became the first openly trans elected official, defeating longtime Republican Del. Robert Marshall.

Before becoming a delegate, Roem worked as a journalist at the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.

Eileen Filler-Corn: Virginia Democrats elect first female speaker of the House .
For the first time in Virginia's 400-year legislative history, a woman will become speaker of the House. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, the current Democratic House leader, won a competitive race for the top spot after Democrats flipped both the House and Senate in Tuesday's election. Filler-Corn, who will make history as the first Jewish speaker of the House, beat out three other candidates for the position.

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