Democrat Adam Ebbin on Tuesday became Virginia's first openly gay state senator, gay weekly The Washington Blade reported.

Ebbin trounced his Republican rival Timothy McGhee with a 64 to 35 percent win to represent the people of Senate District 30, which includes parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon and tends to heavily favor Democrats.

“I am honored by the trust the voters have showed in me,” Ebbin said in a statement. “During the campaign, I listened to the voters' concerns and will work on behalf of the values we all share: improving our public schools, expanding our transit system and cleaning up Virginia's environment. I will make sure their voices are heard.”

Voters first elected Ebbin to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2003, making him the House's first openly gay member.

His campaign for the Virginia Senate had the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group which promotes openly gay candidates in local, state and federal races nationwide.

Last year, Ebbin sponsored a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of state nondiscrimination employment classifications. The measure failed in committee.