It goes. Democrats elect Eileen Filler-Corn as House caucus leader

Virginia Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, right, meets then-Del. Joe Morrisey's new baby with Del. Kaye Kory inside the House chamber in 2013. (Tracy A. Woodward / The Washington Post) RICHMOND – Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates elected Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County to be their leader Saturday, replacing Del. David Toscano of Charlottesville. The Democrats are able to take control of the House in the next year's elections, Filler-Corn could be used as a speaker in the body's 400-year history. [Va. House leader Toscano plans to step down from leadership post] Toscano, who had served as minority leader since 2011, announced last month He said he plans to seek reelection to the House next year. "It is an incredible honor to serve as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, and I want to thank my colleagues for their faith in me. released by the caucus. Democrats met on Saturday and conducted the vote in secret. As many as five delegates had announced plans to see the leadership post. Filler-Corn, 54, has represented the 41st House District since 2010. She is a lawyer and director of government at the firm of Albers & Co. She served as an adviser to former governors Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine. Her election as caucus leader caps at Virginia's Democratic Party. Last year, Democrats flipped 15 seats in the 100-member House, and 11 of those winning candidates were women. The surge brought Democrats within two votes of the Republican majority, at 51-49. [Women hit a record high in Virginia legislature. Can they break the boys’ club?] A total of 38 seats in the House and Senate combined. Should Democrats continue their surge in the next year's elections, it would leave Filler-Corn in the strong position to become the body's first female speaker. Toscano, the outgoing minority leader, said via email that Filler-Corn "has shown tremendous leadership in its roles within the Caucus, including the Co-Chair of the Virginia Safe Initiative. I know she will work tirelessly for the Caucus, and Commonwealth, as the House Democratic Leader. "

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