Danica Roem makes history as Virginia's first openly transgender state senator
Transgender Democrat Danica Roem makes history as Virginia's first openly transgender state senator, defeating conservative Republican Bill Woolf.
Transgender Democrat Danica Roem has made history once again, this time by becoming Virginia's first openly transgender state senator. Roem, who first made headlines six years ago as the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker, is projected to win the election in Virginia's state Senate.
With a 3% lead over conservative Republican Bill Woolf, Roem is on course for victory. Woolf, a former Fairfax County police detective, had been endorsed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and had vowed to ban transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams if elected.
This projected win comes six years after Roem's groundbreaking election to the Virginia House of Delegates, where she defeated 13-term incumbent conservative Bob Marshall. Taking to social media to declare victory, Roem emphasized her commitment to serving her constituents and community, regardless of their background, beliefs, or identity.
Roem's campaign focused on issues of equality rights and abortion, as well as her past legislation guaranteeing hot meals to public school students. Her win marks a successful night for Democrats in Virginia, as they maintained control of the state Senate and took over the state House of Delegates.
It's a significant moment in political history, highlighting the progress and inclusivity in the state of Virginia. With this victory, Roem has shown that she is a leader who prioritizes the needs of her constituents and is committed to fighting for the rights of all individuals, regardless of their identity.