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Lawmakers again file bills to protect student, working journalists

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The third time could be the charm for a state lawmaker who wants to protect journalists from having to testify about confidential sources in court. As a former reporter in northern Virginia, Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, said she wants to protect the institution of journalism, especially as it comes under fire in the current political climate.

VaNews January 7, 2020

New Democratic Majority Could Work to Give Local Governments More Authority


Local control. Every county board of supervisors and city council wants more of it. But the way Virginia works, local governments have only the powers the General Assembly gives them and nothing more. So will Democrats be more willing to give local governments authority? Delegate Danica Roem says probably yes.

VaNews November 15, 2019

Roem wins re-election in 13th District race

Inside NOVA

Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, defended her seat in Tuesday's election, becoming the first transgender state legislator to win re-election.

VaNews November 6, 2019

Va. Route 28 a top priority in 13th District race


Improvements to the commute in the Va. 28 corridor are on the ballot twice this November. There’s a $355 million road bond referendum that includes $200 million to either create a bypass or widen the busy commuter stretch between Manassas and Centreville. And voters in the 13th District of the House of Delegates will also be asked to choose the legislator who can bring state resources to the road project.

VaNews October 18, 2019

McGinn mailer accuses Roem of backing abortion bill

By DANIEL BERTI, Prince William Times

A campaign mailer issued by Republican candidate Kelly McGinn claims her opponent, incumbent Del. Danica Roem, supported a contentious abortion bill killed in the General Assembly earlier this year, a claim Roem denies.

VaNews October 4, 2019

Democrats hold press conference on Route 28 traffic study


As cars drove by on Va. Route 28, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, announced Monday that the state agency has begun a study of five intersections on Route 28 in the Manassas Park and Yorkshire areas.

VaNews August 20, 2019

As Democratic base becomes more diverse, party tries to diversify campaign workers

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When Adam Ebbin, the first openly gay Virginia state lawmaker, arrived in Richmond 16 years ago, he looked around at the hundreds of staffers working in the Capitol and realized he didn’t know a single one who was gay. Danica Roem, in contrast, says she was inundated with volunteers from the LGBTQ community when she ran for the House of Delegates in 2017. Her openness about her own transgender identity, Roem says, made those individuals feel that her campaign would be a “safe” place to work.

VaNews July 1, 2019

Del. Danica Roem discusses transgender health care, rights at LGBTQ health equity symposium

By GABRIELLE BIRENBAUM, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

In 2017, Del. Danica Roem made history as the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly in its 400-year history. For Roem, that’s way too long. “It shouldn’t have taken 400 years,” said Roem, D-Prince William. “I’m not the first trans person to live in Virginia.”

VaNews June 28, 2019

In a pivotal year, Danica Roem uses her spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.

VaNews May 13, 2019

Dels. Chris Hurst, Danica Roem introduce bills to protect journalists

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Two journalists-turned-lawmakers introduced bills aimed at protecting student and professional journalists. The bill from Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, is part of a movement pushing for legislation to protect student journalists from censorship and their faculty advisers from punishment. The bill from Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, would protect journalists from revealing their confidential sources.

VaNews January 15, 2019