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After Danica Roem's Win, Virginia GOP Seeks to End Gendered Titles

The statement came in response to questions about how Del.-elect Danica Roem, who is transgender, would be addressed

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    Democrat Danica Roem made history Tuesday with her win for Virginia’s 13th District House of Delegates seat. She will be the 1st out transgender member of the House of Delegates and the 1st out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature. Roem defeated long-serving GOP incumbent Bob Marshall, who refused to debate Roem during the campaign.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017)

    The Republican leader of the Virginia House of Delegates wants to do away with the chamber's longstanding tradition of addressing lawmakers with "gentleman" or "gentlewoman." 

    House Leader Kirk Cox told The Washington Post through a spokesman Tuesday that if Republicans maintain control of the House, lawmakers will be referred to as "delegate." 

    The statement came in response to questions about how Del.-elect Danica Roem, who is transgender, would be addressed. 

    Cox spokesman Parker Slaybaugh says Cox believes delegate is a more "timely and appropriate" term. Cox's office said he had been considering the change since shortly after he was chosen as the party's designee for speaker, which happened in February.

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    (Published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017)

    One of the longest-serving House Democrats called the decision "shameful." 

    Del. Kenneth R. Plum says if Roem hadn't won, "we would still be doing the same thing."

    “They’re willing to change the tradition in this sense before they will explicitly acknowledge Danica Roem as a woman," Bob Holsworth, a former Virginia Commonwealth University political science professor, told the Post.