RICHMOND, VA. – Virginia Democrats won a historic majority in the General Assembly in this year's elections, and ever since have continued to break barriers by electing the most diverse leadership team in both the House of Delegates and the Senate.
In the House of Delegates, Speaker-designee Eileen Filler-Corn will be the first woman and first Jewish Speaker in Virginia's 400 year history. Delegate Charniele Herring will be the first African American majority leader. And in the Senate, Senator Louise Lucas will be the first African American and first woman to serve as President Pro Tempore. This is on top of committee vice-chair appointments announced today by the Speaker-designee and other appointments over the past few weeks that have seen historic firsts.
"Virginia Democrats are continuing to make history as we lay the groundwork for a successful and groundbreaking legislative session next year. Leadership in the General Assembly that looks like Virginia is long overdue. Democrats have already chosen the first woman and first Jewish Speaker, the first African American majority leader, the first African American and woman Senate President Pro Tempore, and now there are chairs and vice-chairs of committees in both the House of Delegates and Senate that truly reflect the diversity of our Commonwealth," said DPVA Press Secretary Grant Fox.