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Virginia Democrats' speaker pick would be first woman in job
FILE - This Thursday Jan. 17, 2019 file photo shows Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, right, as she speaks with House speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Filler-Corn was selected by the new House Democratic majority as the new speaker of the House. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:52PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's House of Delegates is poised to have the first female speaker in its 400-year history, with the chamber's Democrats choosing a veteran legislator for the post.
Democratic delegates for the upcoming session meeting on Saturday chose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County as their nominee.
Filler-Corn's election as speaker on the session's first day in January is anticipated because Democrats won this week a majority in the state House for the first time in two decades.
House Democratic Caucus members on Saturday also picked Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria as the new majority leader, meaning she'll be the first woman and first African American in that job.
Tuesday was the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have made significant gains since President Donald Trump was elected.