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Virginia Elects First US Transgender State Legislator

Published on November 09, 2017
Danica Roem has become the first openly transgender person to be elected to any state legislature in the United States.

  • She won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Republican incumbent Robert Marshall in the 13th District.
  • She defeated most socially conservative state lawmaker  Del. Robert G. Marshall 
  • Roem will be the first transgender member of the house of delegates and the second trans woman to be elected to a statehouse. Althea Garrison, a black woman who won as a Republican in Massachusetts in 1993, was the first.

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