Danica Roem Ousts Longtime Republican Incumbent Bob Marshall

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In Virginia, Danica Roem, 33, became the first openly transgender state lawmaker in America and, most importantly, she beat Bob Marshall, the transphobic politician who wrote the state's (failed) trans bathroom bill that would've also required school officials to inform the parents of any student who asked "to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex". "This one's for you", Roem said to a crowd of cheering supporters. And while her victory took what some pundits viewed as a gutsy path to victory in a state whose politics were once defined by far more conservative views, she insisted she never wavered in her decision, trusting voters to take faith in her message and see past her non-traditional day job and lifestyle.

Marshall refused to publicly debate Roem and even attacked Roem's identity as a transgender woman by producing ads during his campaign that referred to her by her birth gender.

Marshall sponsored a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and also introduced a bathroom bill this year created to require transgenders to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex rather than the sex they identify with.

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"Danica will bring a reporter's eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents", the Virginia House Democratic caucus leader David J. Toscano and caucus chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement.

Roem also says she believes transparency and accountability are extremely important to the legislative process, and how Virginians perceive it. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night, according to the Washington Post.

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

Roem raised more than twice as many funds as Marshall, receiving significant donations from out of state and national donors including the Victory Fund, a national group that aims to elect LGBTQ leaders. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years".

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

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