Danica Roem, who became the first openly transgender person elected to a U.S. statehouse seat back in 2017, was reelected to her Virginia seat this Tuesday, is a longtime lead singer of a metal band called CAB RIDE HOME.
Democrat Roem, a former journalist for the Montgomery County Sentinel and a lifelong resident of Manassas, Virgina, defeated her Republican opponent Kelly McGinn by a 57-43 margin.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement: “Danica Roem has once again made history, becoming the longest-serving and first openly transgender elected official to be re-elected in our nation’s history.
David added: Throughout her tenure in the House of Delegates, Roem has remained focused on the needs of her constituents, despite hateful and divisive attacks from anti-LGBTQ groups and her opponents.”
Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal, said in a statement: “Two years ago, Danica Roem broke an important barrier when she became the first openly transgender person elected to the Virginia statehouse.
Today, she made history again as the first to be re-elected!,” statement continues. “This historic victory is a meaningful affirmation that transgender Americans belong in every aspect of public life — at work, in our armed forces, and in elected office.”