Source: Campaign page
Born into military family, Charniele moved often as child before landing permanently in Northern Virginia. When she was a teenager, Charniele’s mother lost her job and despite their best efforts they ended up homeless. For a time, Charniele and her mother stayed in a homeless shelter at nights while Charniele attended West Springfield High School during the day and her mother searched for work. The experience of being homeless shaped Charniele’s character and taught her the values of hard work, resilience and looking out for those people society often overlooks.Charniele got the chance to attend college as part of the STEP Program that allowed students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to prove they were capable of college level work. She commuted to George Mason for four years and graduated with a degree in Economics, and while she was in school she gave back as a volunteer crisis intervention counselor and trainer at Alexandria Mental Health Services and worked with nonprofit advocates on issues surrounding homelessness prevention. Charniele’s first job out of college was as a VISTA volunteer providing low-income housing for at-risk families before attending law school at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. After law school, Charniele worked at the oldest African-American owned firm in Greater Washington before opening up her own firm here in Northern Virginia. She currently works as General Counsel to Admin & Logistics, Inc, a government contracting firm.
Admin & Logistics, Inc
2019 to present
government contracting firm
- B.A., Economics
George Mason University
1993 to present
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
1997 to present
Birth Year: 1969
Place of Birth: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Race(s): African American
Membership & Affiliation:
Hopkins House (trustee)
Membership & Affiliation
- Alexandria Rotary
- Hopkins House
Legislative Assistant: Zachary Rickard, Chief of Staff
Administrative Assistant During Session: Darcy Mathes
- Government - DelCHerring@house.virginia.gov
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1046
P.O. Box 11779
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: (703) 606-9705
At age 13, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Herring testified before a government commission about health care coverage for military dependent children.Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed Herring to the state’s Council on the Status of Women. In 2006, she attended the Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
As a participant with Social Action Linking Together (S.A.L.T.) she received the Monsignor Geno Baroni Award for Social Justice for her work to get full funding for the Homeless Intervention Act. She founded and co-chaired the Virginia Privileged Communication Task Force which was comprised of counselors and advocates around the state. She worked with a bi-partisan delegation to get a bill sponsored to protect communications between victims and advocates.Charniele was elected to the General Assembly in January 2009 in a special election to fill the vacated seat for the 46th House District. Her election is historic because she is the first African American woman from Northern Virginia ever elected to the over 400 year old Virginia legislature. Since her election, Delegate Herring has served on the Joint Subcommittee Studying Strategies and Models for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Governor McDonnell’s internal working group on voting rights restoration, the Virginia State Crime Commission, and Governor McAuliffe’s Taskforce on Heroin and Prescription Drugs. In the legislature Herring serves on the Courts of Justice and Counties, Cities, and Towns Committees.
2017 State Delegate for VA House District 46
|Charniele Herring (D)||18,947||96.4%|
2019 State Delegate for VA House District 46
|Charniele Herring (D)||7,507||67.0%|
|Sean Thomas Lenehan (R)||3,170||28.3%|
|Andrew Gerrit Bakker (L)||505||4.5%|
2019 State Delegate
|Charniele Herring (D)||15,066||95.7%|
Source: Virginia Legislative Information System
HERRING, CHARNIELE L has run in 7 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,073,552.
Source: Follow the Money
Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Criminal Law Subcommittee
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Counties Cities and Towns
House Courts of Justice
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
See: Vote Smart
Source: Virginia Legislative Information System
From personal experience I know that education is key to our children’s future success. I will work to fund quality pre-K education for all of Virginia’s children; promote personal curriculums in our schools; and for higher teacher salaries to attract and maintain quality teachers for our children. John Adams and Tucker Elementary School are overcrowded. We need someone ready to work now to get funding for the expansion of these schools. This is crucial given the expected development of Landmark Mall, the Van Dorn corridor and the new housing along the Beauregard Corridor.
A healthy environment must be protected as well as our natural resources. I support finding alternative fuel sources that protect our environment instead of drilling off the shores of Virginia to feed our addiction to oil. Further, I support cost-saving and environmentally sound initiatives that will protect our environment such as telecommuting programs
At the age of thirteen, I testified before a White House committee about the need to maintain healthcare benefits for children of military families. I understand the importance of quality healthcare and the fear that one faces when struck with an illness and lack of the means to pay for treatment. Healthcare is a matter of human dignity. I support universal healthcare and will work to ensure that Virginia fully funds healthcare for those who cannot afford to cover themselves through private insurance companies.
Ever since I moved to Northern Virginia, traffic has been an issue. I am tired of hearing about the issue and seeing no resolution. I will work to get funding into a lock box for our roads and infrastructure once and for all. After a long day at work, we all want to spend less time on the roads and more time with our families.
I have worked to protect the interests of families by working with housing groups to get funding for the Homeless Intervention Protection Act expanded. In the face of our challenging economic times families are facing foreclosures and rising costs of rental housing. I will work to protect programs that currently protect families from ending up on the streets.
Commending George Mason University
Published on February 16, 2016
By: Charniele Herring
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