Danica Roem’s election is fantastic, but she isn’t the first transgender woman to be elected to a state legislator, just the first openly transgender woman to be elected to a state legislator (and she also shares that distinction with Andrea Jenkins, who was elected to the Minnesota legislature tonight as well). The first transgender state legislator is Althea Garrison of Massachusetts , who wasn’t public about being transgender at the time of her election, but was outed by a scumbag reporter before she took office. She apparently still runs for office in the Boston area basically every election.
I hate to be “that person” but you can’t let history like this be forgotten! Still, Danica Roem’s election is especially poetic considering who she defeated to get her seat. Virginia, you done good tonight!
EDIT: Oh oops, I missed another openly transgender woman who won an election to a state legislature: Stacie Laughton won a New Hampshire house race in 2012 never took office over outcry that she didn’t disclose a felony conviction in her past.
EDIT 2: I made a mistake, Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council. Her milestone is being the first openly transgender woman of color to be elected to public office in the United States.