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Bonaventure grad becomes first Transgender person elected to a state legislature

Bonaventure grad becomes first Transgender person elected to a state legislature

November 07, 2017 09:13 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey (all times local):
    
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A former journalist has unseated one of Virginia's most socially conservative lawmakers to become the first openly transgender member of the House of Delegates.
    
Democrat Danica Roem beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall in Tuesday's election in the northern Virginia district near the nation's capital. According to her website bio, Roem is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.
    
Marshall has served in the House since 1992 and has been a lightning rod for controversy. He has often drawn the ire of even his own party.
    
Roem will make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature. But her gender identity wasn't a key part of her campaign. Instead, she focused on jobs, schools and northern Virginia's traffic congestion.

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