Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-13th) represents the City of Manassas Park and the Prince William County portions of Haymarket, Gainesville and Manassas in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Born at Prince William Hospital in Manassas in 1984, Del. Roem is a step-mom and a lifelong resident of the 13th District from Manassas. She covered western Prince William County as the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times/Prince William Times from 2006-2015.
After winning a historic election in 2017 to become the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in American history, Del. Roem joined a bi-partisan coalition of state lawmakers in 2018 to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians and raise teacher pay throughout the commonwealth. In 2019, she authored three bills that passed the General Assembly to make local government more transparent (HB 2375), free and reduced school meals more accessible (HB 2400), and child support orders more accurate (HB 2339).
She continues to advocate for fixing Route 28, increasing mass transit, ending school meal shaming, increasing government transparency and making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth.