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Virginia House Democrats pick new leader

(AP) Virginia House Democrats have picked Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Springfield to be their new leader, a move that could help pave the way for her to become the state’s first female House speaker.

House Democrats announced Dec. 8 they had elected Filler-Corn to replace House Minority Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. He had recently announced plans to step down from a leadership position.

Democrats need to win two seats next year to claim a majority. The party has done well in recent Virginia elections thanks to voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump. An ongoing legal battle could also produce a Democrat-friendly legislative map for next year’s elections.

Filler-Corn is a director of government relations at a lobbying and consulting firm and lives in Northern Virginia. She is an attorney in good standing in inactive status with the DC Bar.

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