Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Statement on Election of House Democratic Leadership

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement:

“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.”

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