When the Virginia General Assembly convenes, Fairfax Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn officially becomes the first woman in more than 400 years to hold office as minority leader of the tradition-besotted body. She’s also the first Northern Virginia representative to hold a top leadership position in 40 years or so.
Democrats took control of the Assembly last year, flipping 15 seats that had been held by Republicans. Filler-Corn, who will also be the first Jew to hold a top leadership post, replaces Del. David J. Toscano of Charlottesville, who is still in office but decided to step down from his leadership position.
Filler-Corn has been in office since 2010, when she won a special election from the 41st District, which includes a large area of Fairfax County just south of Fairfax City.
“I ran for the House of Delegates to tackle quality of life issues, including — education/protecting our schools, improving traffic and maintaining our roads, and keeping Virginia businesses moving forward by growing our economy and creating jobs in Northern Virginia. I have been proud to serve in Richmond and will continue to stand up for our community, the 41st District, families, businesses and the Commonwealth as a whole,” Filler-Corn said in a statement on her website.
Among those congratulating Filler-Corn was newly-elected U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va), who defeated Republican Barbara Comstock in November.
“I’m so proud of my friend
@EFillerCorn for becoming leader of the @VAHouseDems. Can’t wait to see all the good she will do for Virginia!” Wexton said in a tweet sparked by a story about Filler-Corn in today’s Washington Post.