VIDEO: Danica Roem, 1st Openly Trans Person Seated in a State Legislature in the Us

| February 7, 2018

Danica Roem swearing in Saturday, January 20

From The Washington Blade:  Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) was sworn in on Wednesday.

Roem last November defeated former state Del. Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBT Republican who had represented the 13th District since 1992. Roem, a former journalist, is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state legislature in the U.S.

Roem is among the five openly LGBT members of the Virginia General Assembly.

State Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), who defeated former state Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), is the first out lesbian elected to the General Assembly. They join state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and state Dels. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax County) and Mark Levine (D-Alexandria).

Roem and Adams were sworn-in on the same day the 2018 legislative session began.

The Republicans currently have a 51-49 seat majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Governor-elect Ralph Northam and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, who are both Democrats, will be inaugurated on Saturday. Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring, who was re-elected last November, will be sworn-in for a second term on the same day.




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