The United States Just Elected Its First Transgender State Legislator

History was made on Election Day 2017.

Danica Roem defeated Bob Marshall to become the delegate-elect for Virginia’s 13th House of Delegates district. The Democrat becomes the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state legislature in the United States. Roem, who is a local journalist, began her transition four years ago.

The win is extra symbolic due to the fact Marshall is considered to be one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in the country. He even referred to Roem once as “a guy who thinks he’s a girl who wears a dress.” Marshall also introduced a controversial bathroom bill in the state’s legislature earlier this year, but that was ultimately shot down in January.

Democrat Andrea Jenkins also made her mark with her win to the Minneapolis City Council. She’s the first trans person of color elected to any office in the U.S. and first transgender elected to a major city’s governing body.

Roem and Jenkins weren’t the only huge wins for Democrats. The party saw Phil Murphy and Ralph Northam elected as new governors for New Jersey and Virginia respectively. For more about the Democrats’ big night, head over to CNN.

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