Ever since Althea Garrison won a seat in the Massachusetts House in 1992, was outed two days after her win and served one term, out trans women in several states over multiple election cycles have tried to get elected to their respective state legislatures.
Tonight Danica Roem cracked that legislative glass ceiling for the trans community, and did so in an impressive and huge way, beating him by 10 points 55% – 45%
It’s a win that is resounding across the commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and in the American transgender community. Roem not only took down 26 year incumbent delegate Bob Marshall (R) in their VA 13 race, the win is even sweeter because ‘Bigot Bob’ Marshall is one of the TBLGQ community’s longtime legislative haters.
Roem also outraised Marshall 3-1, receiving $500,000 in donations. She also had a TransUnited Fund fuelled ground game that knocked on 75,000 doors and provided critical support during this historic and now successful run to a legislative seat.
Marshall lived up to that nickname by not only refusing to debate Roem, but repeatedly misgendered her throughout the campaign. Looks like Danica had the last laugh and Bigot Bob just discovered the hard way that rampant transphobia is not a pathway to electoral victory
Congratulations to Del-Elect Roem, who will possibly be taking her seat as part of a Democratic majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.
She also with the breakthrough win has become the first out trans person to be elected and in January seated to a major state legislature.