Government/Politics: CHARNIELE L. HERRING
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CHAIR, VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, ALEXANDRIA
During her 13-year political career, Herring has scored a few “firsts.” When she was elected in 2009, she became the first Black woman to represent a Northern Virginia district in the House of Delegates. She then went on to become the first woman and first Black person to serve as House majority leader after the Democrats gained control of the chamber in 2020. In 2022, she retained her position as the Democrats’ caucus chair after the GOP took control of the House, but she lost in her bid to become House minority leader to Del. Don Scott, who succeeded former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn.
A private practice attorney, Herring chaired the Democratic Party of Virginia from December 2012 to March 2014 and has also chaired the Virginia State Crime Commission and the Courts of Justice committee.
Her legislative accomplishments include legalization of marijuana possession, automatic voter registration for anyone who gets a state driver’s license and the establishment of Election Day as a holiday.