>> I am transgender.>> It is a first for a Virginia, in Tuesday's election Danica Roem became the first transgender person to be elected to Virginia state legislature. Come January, the 33-year-old former journalist will represent the state's 13th District in the house of delegates. Roem defeated a 30 13 term incumbant who has held office since 1992.
>> I have protected Virginians for 26 years.>> Republican Bob Marshall, known for his socially conservative views, called himself Virginia's chief homophobe. Earlier this year, he introduced a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people on the same day Roem launched her candidacy. He also refused to refer to her as she.
It was an historic night for other transgender candidates as well. A transgender person was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Palm Springs. They are among more than 20 transgender candidates who ran for office across the country this year.