New House Democratic majority selects leadership

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, arrives to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address during a joint session of the Virginia Legislature in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Legislative elections in Virginia on Tuesday, Nov. 5 will determine whether Democrats gain control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia House Democrats promoted Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, Charniele Herring, and Rip Sullivan to leadership positions Saturday, on the heels of the state’s blue sweep Tuesday.

Filler-Corn will be the first woman Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, and also the first Jewish Speaker.

Herring will be the first woman and the first black representative to serve as Majority Leader, a post that Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul was reportedly eyeing.

Sullivan will be the new Caucus Chair.

House Democratic Caucus Executive Director Trevor Southerland applauded the diversity both of the leadership slate and of the membership of the House itself, though Republicans have pointed out that all three leaders represent northern Virginia, specifically Fairfax County.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued this statement regarding the new leadership:

“Virginia made history again today. I just spoke with Eileen Filler-Corn, Charniele Herring, and Rip Sullivan and congratulated them on their historic new roles. Eileen Filler-Corn is the first woman Speaker of the House in Virginia’s history, and Charniele Herring is the House of Delegates’ first woman and first African-American Majority Leader. It is an honor to serve our Commonwealth with them.

“We all share a commitment to serving Virginians and advancing a more progressive and inclusive Commonwealth. Together, we will defend the rights of women and minority groups, increase access to a world-class education and health care, fight climate change, and pass commonsense gun safety legislation.

“I am grateful to all the leadership candidates who outlined bold visions for this new era in Virginia. 

“I look forward to working with everyone in the General Assembly to deliver the progress Virginians have demanded. Let’s get to work.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam


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