First Madam Speaker of the House

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), right, gives a hug to House of Delegates Speaker-designate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) as he prepares to deliver his budget briefing before a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol in Richmond on Dec. 17. (Steve Helber/AP)

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Title: “‘Madam Speaker’: After 400 years, Filler-Corn becomes first woman to lead Virginia House
Author: Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 8, 2020

On Wednesday, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax became the first woman ever elected to lead the House of Delegates, taking the gavel as Democrats prepare to use their hard-won majority power to dramatically reshape state policy.

On what is usually a light day filled with organizational formalities, a crowd packed the House chamber to watch Filler-Corn, a 55-year-old government relations consultant, make history as the first woman and the first Jewish person to lead the body.

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