What’s at Stake in Virginia with State Delegate Danica Roem & Dawn Adams

Voting is already underway in the Virginia elections. Democrats famously lost a tied race for control of the House of Delegates in 2017 in a heartbreaking coin toss. While tied races are unusual, they drive home that every single vote counts and can swing an election. 
Join Democrats Abroad’s LGBTQ+ caucus for a report from the ground and Q&A with Danica Roem of Virginia's House of Delegates on Wednesday, October 5 at 2PM ET, 8:00PM CET
Virginia state Delegate Danica Roem represents the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates as the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in American history. Elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2019, Delegate Roem is a 36-year-old step-mom, former newspaper reporter and lifelong resident of the Prince William County part of Manassas. She was one of 23 Democrats to flip state legislative seats Red to Blue between 2017 and 2019, allowing Democrats to reclaim the majority in both chambers for the first time in 20 years.

In 2018, she was part of the bipartisan coalition that voted to expand Medicaid to what is now 538,000 Virginia adults – and climbing. That same year, she earned the Prince William Times “Readers Choice” award for “Best Local Politician” as well as the Washington Blade’s “Readers Choice” award for Local Hero.

During her two terms in office, the governor of Virginia has signed 23 of Delegate Roem’s bills into law, including eight to prevent school meal debt shaming and three to protect LGBTQ Virginians. Her top priorities including fixing Route 28, raising teacher pay and making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth.

Delegate Dawn M. Adams is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with nearly thirty-five years of diverse clinical and administrative health care experience. Dawn was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is the first (and only) openly lesbian legislator and openly LGBT representative from outside of Northern Virginia in the Commonwealth’s 400 year history. Her legislative focus is Healthcare, particularly around issues affecting elderly and vulnerable populations, and creating solutions to increase access and drive down the cost of care.


October 05, 2021 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
LGBTQ+ Caucus ·
Jackie Neff Jamie McAfee James Mercereau Joseph Lyons Jen Rakow-Stepper Sharon Ann Ligons Dean McIntyre Sarah O'Neill Terry Rosson Heather Stone Angela Fobbs Willem Bakker Tish Riley Carol Moore Caroline Ruchonnet Lorraine Price Irene Chriss John Chudy Inge Kjemtrup Steven Nardi Shannon Linehan Anne Dlugosz Lissette Wright Neveille Hopson Quaide Williams Patrick Soricone Leslie Rogers Kathryn Solon Merrill Oates Aileen Dinin Shari Temple Adrienne Johnson Kenia Coronel Gonzalez Vincienzo Cabrera Brent Jamsa Matthew Goldman Pierre Filatov Brett McHargue Faith Herbold Kelly Feenan Rajesh Ranjan Norm Hervey Justin J.W. Powell Dana Freling christina skovsgaard Teresa Ritterhoff Emily Lines Leedonal Moore Max Dunitz

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