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Danica Roem, Virginia's 1st transgender elected official, promises culture change in Richmond

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"This is what happens when the radical transgender lobby pours more than $600,000 into a small state race and conservative donors largely sit the race out - Democrats cruise to victory and claim a mandate on an issue they were too afraid to outwardly campaign on", said Terry Schilling, executive director at the Washington-based American Principles Project, which donated money to Marshall and orchestrated a telephone poll aimed at shoring up his supporters late in the race. He has called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe;" earlier this year introduced a "bathroom bill" that died in committee.

Ms Roem is not the first openly transgender state lawmaker in the United States.

Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard. We also see her lawn signs, which read "Fix Route 28 Now!"

So here's a quick round-up of three transgender female candidates who won and what makes them so great.

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?"

The 33-year-old left her post as a local news editor for the Montgomery County Sentinel in Rockville, MD last year to run for office.

"Delegate Marshall's hypocrisy truly knows no bounds: saying that I've made my gender an issue while he [sends] two mailers attacking me for being trans and standing up for LGBTQ kids and misgenders me while he's at it", she wrote.

Roem told FOX 5 she believes her victory says voters want the changes she promised, and she's already started her quest to fulfill them.

"Him and I talked shop, and we're going to get it done", she said.

"She's never had menstrual cramps, and she's never had a baby, and she never will be able to", said Carol Fox, a community activist in the Heritage Hunt section of Prince William, where Roem campaigned repeatedly. "Every reporter who covers the general assembly will have my cell phone number", Roem vowed. The race was one of the year's most high profile, drawing global attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation's capital.