November 11, 2023
Virginia House Democrats Elect Caucus Leadership, Charniele Herring Named Majority Leader and Kathy Tran named Caucus Chair
Richmond, VA – After winning the Majority in the House of Delegates Tuesday, the House Democratic Delegates and Delegates-elect met on Saturday to elect caucus leadership.
Making history, Delegate Don Scott became the first African-American to be nominated by their caucus for Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates in the 400+ year history of the Legislature. Speaker-designee Scott’s personal story – one of resilience, second chances, and historic firsts – reflects that of many Virginians and people across the nation.
“I cannot express enough how humbled I am to be named the next Speaker of the House by my colleagues. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as the House Democratic Leader and I look forward to bringing that passion to the Speaker’s office. Virginia voters sent a resounding message on Tuesday that they wanted a Commonwealth that moved forward and that is exactly what I intend to do as your next Speaker,” said Speaker-designee Scott.
The full House of Delegates will officially vote to confirm a new Speaker on the first day of the 2024 Legislative Session. The House Democratic Caucus voted to elect Speaker-designee Scott unanimously by acclamation.
Delegate Charniele Herring will be returning to the Legislature as Majority Leader. Leader-elect Herring made history as the first Black woman to serve as Majority Leader in the 2020-2021 Legislative session. She also previously served as Caucus Chair.
“I am incredibly proud of my colleagues, both new and returning. I am looking forward to serving as Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. Today the real work begins and I am looking forward to hitting the ground running with these history-makers,” said Leader-elect Herring.
The House Caucus voted to Delegate Kathy Tran to serve as the new Caucus Chair. Chair Tran will be the first member of the AAPI community to serve in the role.
“I am profoundly thankful to my colleagues who have entrusted me with this role and look forward to a unified session to represent the Commonwealth. I first came to the House as part of the Blue Wave of 2017 where voters repudiated MAGA extremism for the first time, I cannot wait to return in this role now that voters have rejected that extremism yet again,” said Chair-elect Tran
House Democratic Caucus Executive Director Amy Friedman said, “this leadership team represents the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a born-and-raised Virginian, nothing has made me prouder than to work alongside these incredible Legislators to take back the majority. I look forward to seeing them work to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Virginians.”
Members of the press interested in speaking to the newly-elected Caucus Leadership should reach out to Morgan Hopkins at email@example.com.