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Bona grad makes history as Virginia's first openly transgender elected official

Danica Roem made history in Virginia Tuesday when she became Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official and one of just few in the nation, according to The Washington Post.

What didn’t get quite as much attention was her Western New York connection: Roem is a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure University.

It says so, right there on her Twitter profile. Other alums tweeted their congratulations to her as the night went on.

Like other well-known Bonnie grads, Roem made a name for herself in journalism. Before venturing into politics, Roem was a reporter for the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.

In a story earlier this year in the Olean Times-Herald, she said: “If people can look at me and say, ‘If she can do this, I can, too,’ then I’ve accomplished something with my life that I could’ve never imagined when I was at Bona’s.”

– News staff and wire reports

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