Women are set to preside over both chambers of the Virginia legislature as the state ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment.
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Friday that he plans to let Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, preside over the state Senate during Monday’s vote. Lucas is the president pro tempore of the Senate, the first woman and first African American lawmaker to hold the title. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, is the first female to preside over the House of Delegates.
An Instagram post affiliated with the Virginia gun rights group that hosted Monday's huge rally in Richmond mocks House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn for being unarmed during a carjacking more than 20 years ago.
The House of Delegates has yet to pass a bill in the first 10 days of a 60-day General Assembly session — and that has Republicans loudly questioning the new Democratic majority’s ability to govern.
The answer from the Speaker of the House is, just watch us.
“We’re ready,” House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, said in an interview Friday. “We are governing, and we will continue to do so successfully.”
With a Democratic majority in the state legislature, Virginia politicians pledged Friday at a breakfast honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to deliver on reforms long sought by the African American community.
Speaking at a yearly breakfast in honor of the late civil rights leader hosted by Virginia Union University, Gov. Ralph Northam and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, said the General Assembly would approve giving localities authority over Confederate monuments, along with changes to the criminal justice system and school discipline
The Northam administration has rolled out transportation legislation as the governor continues to build on major transportation policies accomplished during his two years as governor.
House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, both Democrats from Fairfax, are carrying the legislation on behalf of Gov. Ralph Northam.
Gov. Ralph Northam has more in mind for transportation than raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Much more.
Legislation introduced for the governor by House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, both Democrats from Fairfax County, also would:
make failure to wear a seat belt a primary traffic offense, meaning a driver could be cited for that alone;
State lawmakers approved a new gun policy that will prohibit the public as well as its own members from carrying firearms inside the Capitol and a nearby office building where General Assembly members work.
“Our goal has got to be to keep everybody safe,” said House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, the chairwoman of the Joint Senate and House Rules Committee, which approved the policy Friday.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) waded into Virginia politics Wednesday as she urged fellow Democratic leaders, newly in control of the state legislature, to follow through on promises to pass gun-control measures to help her city combat surging violent crime.
In a letter to Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) and Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Bowser named Virginia as a primary source state for guns used in city crimes.
More than 400 years after its founding, the Virginia House of Delegates elected the first woman as its speaker, as Del. Eileen Filler-Corn assumed power on a day of firsts in a chamber now under Democratic control for the first time in more than 20 years.
Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, took the oath of office from Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons at 12:27 p.m. on Wednesday
The weekend before she’ll be officially elected the next speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Eileen Filler-Corn will host a sendoff fundraiser at a Fairfax bar with donation levels ranging from $50 to $5,000.
When she gets to Richmond, Filler-Corn donors looking for face time with the House’s new leader will be able to join her at a rock ‘n’ roll-themed fundraiser in the trendy Scott’s Addition district.