Danica Roem

The Virginia General Assembly now has two former journalists as members, and they are hoping to move forward with bills to increase press freedom.

Lawmakers in Richmond are dealing with a number of firsts walking the hallways, including the first lesbian first Asian-American woman lawmakers. And the first transgender delegate is causing some language to shift.

AP Photo / Steve Helber

The politics of gender and language are colliding in one race for the House of Delegates.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

One of the most high-profile House of Delegates races is also the most historic. The election for House District 13 in Northern Virginia features the first transgender candidate and one of the most conservative Republicans in the General Assembly.