Danica will continue to break barriers and serve the people of Virginia!
Virginia state Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) is the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in the United States, unseating the self-described “chief homophobe” of Virginia in 2019 and earning re-election in 2019.
Delegate Roem covered her home community of Prince William County as a newspaper reporter for the Gainesville Times/Prince William Times from 2006 – 2015 before working as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel from 2015 through the end of 2016, which she left to run for office. She also worked two full-time jobs for four out of five years at one point, including 3.5 years cover state and federal political campaigns for The Hotline, part of the National Journal in Washington, D.C.
A 36-year-old step-mom, Del. Roem represents the City of Manassas Park and the western Prince William County portions of Haymarket, Gainesville and her lifelong home of Manassas.
Locally, she’s known for her work to fix Route 28 and expand Medicaid to 3,800 of her constituents. In Richmond, she’s referred to as the “lunch lady” for passing six bills in two years dedicated to feed hungry kids. She’s also helped pass more than a dozen pro-LGBTQ equality bills, including her bill to ban health insurers from denying coverage for transgender people.
In 2020, the governor signed 14 bills from Del. Roem into law, the most in a single year from the delegate representing the 13th District since the General Assembly redrew the 13th District into Northern Virginia in 1991.