Journalist and Virginia Delegate Danica Roem will visit her alma mater Thursday, April 5, for a public talk on her journey from Bonaventure to now.
Roam, a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. April 5 in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. Her visit is sponsored by the Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs on campus.
Roem was elected Nov. 7, 2017, to represent the people of the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, becoming the first out transgender person ever seated in an American state legislature. Her campaign platform focused on transportation, economic development, education and equality.
After earning a degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure in 2006, Roem authored more than 2,500 news stories about the greater Prince William County area as the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times from 2006-2015, where her reporting won seven Virginia Press Association awards.
She most recently served as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel from 2015-2016, leaving her post three days before launching her campaign. She twice placed runner-up for the MDDC's James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award and won first place for local government and state government reporting in 2016.
Roem also covered federal and state politics for The Hotline (National Journal Group) from 2009-2013 and worked as a content writer for Yoga Alliance from 2013-2014.
On Jan. 3, 2017, Roem launched her campaign for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, becoming the first transgender person to run for the Virginia General Assembly. She qualified for the Democratic primary ballot on March 13, 2017.
Her campaign led Jacqueline Smith’s field operations in the 13th District during the run-up to the April 18 special election for Clerk of the Circuit Court. Through a relentless ground game, Roem’s campaign knocked on more than 1,000 doors throughout the 13th District as Smith became the first Democrat in decades to win that seat, despite being outspent 7-1.
On June 13, Roem became the first transgender person to earn a party nomination in Virginia when she won the Democratic primary with 43 percent of the vote in a four-way race, winning by 11.5 percentage points.
Roem was elected Nov. 7, 2017, to represent the people of the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates and was sworn in on Jan. 10. She sits on two committees in the House of Delegates: Counties, Cities and Towns; and Science and Technology.
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