NBC News 4 in Washington, D.C., is reporting that a district in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. has elected a transgender journalist to the Virginia House of Delegates.
The station reported:
"Danica Roem, a journalist turned public works advocate, has won Virginia’s 13th District House of Delegates seat, making her the state’s first transgender legislator.
"Roem beat out the district’s 26-year incumbent, conservative values and government transparency champion Bob Marshall.
"The race attracted national attention as Marshall, a conservative who proposed a bill restricting which bathrooms transgender people could use, faced off against the transgender stepmother who plays in a metal band.
"The district also found itself in the spotlight as one of a few Republican-governed areas that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
It also reported:
"Roem was born in Manassas and attended Catholic school in northern Virginia until she moved away for college. After college, she returned to Virginia and worked for the Gainesville Times, a local newspaper. She later worked for the Prince William Times and the Montgomery County Sentinel.
"In 2013, Roem began her transition to life as a woman. She changed her name and started hormone replacement therapy."