Danica will be first state legislator to win as an out trans candidate
Danica Roem is lifelong resident of Manassas, Va. and a former reporter for the Gainesville Times in her home county of Prince William. She covered transportation, economic development, education, land use and many other issues facing the residents of the 13th District from 2006-2015.
A 32-year-old step-mom and journalist, Danica is the first transgender person to ever run for the Virginia General Assembly. She has owned two LLCs, one for her mobile yoga studio and one for her band, which has toured the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast and the U.K.
Born at Prince William Hospital in Manassas in 1984, Danica spent four years in public school and 13 years in Catholic schools before graduating from St. Bonaventure University in western New York in 2006, earning a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication.
She started working for the Gainesville Times a month after graduating and served as half of the full-time editorial staff.
Danica worked two full-time jobs for four out of five years 2009 through 2014, covering federal and state politics at The Hotline (National Journal Group) before writing for Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit organization in Arlington that credentials yoga teachers.
On Aug. 3, 2015, Danica began working as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, where she helped manage the newsroom and cover local stories in Rockville until stepping down from her post to run for office at the end of 2016.