About Us

Who We Are

The Virginia House Democrats are devoted to creating a better future for Virginia families by guiding efforts to elect Democratic leaders of character, integrity, ability, and vision.

Our official site, vahousedems.org, represents the authoritative Democratic voice in the House of Delegates. The Virginia House Dems are committed to recruiting and electing leaders who will fight for education, jobs, and equality for all Virginians.


What We Do

As the leading organization supporting Democrats for the Virginia House, we’re focused on recruiting candidates for critical seats and supporting them through the entire election cycle.

We offer full-cycle guidance for campaigns, including:

  • Recruiting and training candidates.
  • Training campaign staff.
  • Connecting campaigns with consultants.
  • Assisting with the funding of polls.
  • Coordinating media needs like TV ads.
  • Assisting with campaign fundraising.
  • Helping candidates hone their strategies and find their voice.

The House Democratic Caucus assists elected Democratic delegates with research and public relations during the legislative session. We also raise money to recruit and fund candidates for the House and supervise their campaigns. 

We owe our success to our Democratic leadership, the unity of our delegates, and supporters like you.


Leadership

Eileen Filler-Corn

Eileen Filler-Corn

Speaker

More About Eileen

Eileen Filler-Corn has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. Having previously served in the administrations of Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, she has more than two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, working to make a difference in the lives of all Virginians.

Eileen ran for the House to improve our quality of life, including protecting our schools, making college more affordable, safeguarding our environment, alleviating traffic, and keeping Virginia businesses moving forward by protecting workers, growing our economy, and creating jobs throughout the Commonwealth. Additionally, Eileen has introduced and passed legislation that focuses on victims’ rights, children, families, and those with special abilities. Eileen lives in Fairfax County with her husband, Bob, and their two children, Jeremy and Alana.

Charniele Herring

Charniele Herring

Majority Leader

More About Charniele

Charniele Herring has represented the 46th District since 2009, during which time she’s fought to restore funding for homeless services, passed a bill to give small businesses competitive advantages, and worked to make the Commonwealth safer. Her environmental protection efforts were recognized by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters with the “Legislative Hero” award. The Virginia Education Association recognized her with the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2009 and with the “Solid as a Rock” award in 2013 and 2015. As chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, she helped sweep statewide offices in 2013. She was elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus in 2015.

Charniele has lived in Northern Virginia for more than 30 years, mostly in Alexandria, where she’s been a member of the Rotary, chair of the West End Business Association, and chair of the Alexandria Commission for Women. She currently serves on the board of the Parent Teacher Leadership Institute of Alexandria and as a trustee of Hopkins House, where she advocates for pre-K education.

Rip Sullivan

Rip Sullivan

Caucus Chair

More about Rip

Rip Sullivan is chair of the House Democratic Caucus, a leadership role in which he works with Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Majority Leader Charniele Herring to promote the goals of House Democrats. Rip served two terms as the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair, during which time he led the Democratic Party’s effort to gain seats and win back the majority in the House. He became campaign chair in 2017 and oversaw the strategy that led House Democrats to pick up a whopping 15 seats. He reprised his role as campaign chair during the 2019 cycle, in which Democrats made history by taking back both the House and Senate.

As a delegate, Rip has fought every year to encourage the growth of Virginia’s clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, promote access to the ballot box, protect and advance LGBTQ rights, and depoliticize the redistricting process.


Staff

Virginia House Dems staff members are dedicated local leaders with experience working on campaigns, as part of local organizations, or in elected office.

Jaime Reimers

Jaime Reimers

Executive Director

More About Jaime

Jaime Reimers joined the House Democratic Caucus as executive director in December 2020 after cycles in Colorado and Michigan. 

In Colorado, she served as the executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign fund. For the 2020 cycle, she oversaw all Democratic State Senate campaign operations and helped to ensure that the Democrats retained and expanded their majority in the CO Senate.

Prior to her work in Colorado, she served as deputy caucus services director for the Michigan Senate Democrats, manager for State Senator Winnie Brinks’ historic campaign, senior organizer for the Michigan House Democrats, and special operations director for Congressman John Dingell’s 2012 campaign.

Before entering politics, Jaime was a certified secondary English and speech teacher in Southeast Michigan and gained her degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Erin Monaghan

Erin Monaghan

Legislative & Policy Director

More About Erin

Erin Monaghan joined the House Democratic Caucus staff as legislative director in January 2020 after working for former House Democratic Leader and Delegate David J. Toscano (57th District) as a session aide, communications aide, fundraising and events manager, and legislative aide between 2016 and 2019.  

She spent 15 years practicing law in Washington, D.C., including nearly 10 years as a litigation attorney for the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Once freed from Hatch Act restrictions, Erin became involved with her local Democratic party and campaigns and is a member of the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Committee and a former co-chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Committee. She has been involved with DPVA voter protection efforts since 2008.

Erin returned to Charlottesville in 2007 for the third time to work for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation (after being born there and then earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Virginia). She subsequently worked as a seasonal reader for UVA’s undergraduate and School of Law admissions offices for several years. She has also worked as an application consultant for students applying to college or law school.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Matt Calderon

Finance Director

More About Matt

Matt Calderon joined the House Democratic Caucus as Finance Director in March 2021 after cycles in Indiana and Ohio.

In Indiana, he served as the Political Director of the Indiana House Democratic Caucus. For the 2020 cycle, he oversaw day to day operations of the caucus.

Prior to his work as Political Director, he served as Finance Director for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus and Finance Assistant for Nan Whaley’s Gubernatorial election in Ohio.

Matt is a native of Indianapolis, IN and attended Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Kate Sarna

Kate Sarna

Communications Director

More About Kate

Kate Sarna has served as the press secretary and spokesperson for the House Democratic Caucus since January 2020. Before her time in Richmond, Kate did communications for three political campaigns and a few nonprofits including Media Matters, where she worked on the rapid response research team. 

Kate graduated from the University of California-Berkeley, earning a degree in media studies.

Emily Beer

Emily Beer

Member Services Director

More About Emily

Emily Beer has worked as a graphic designer and political staffer for more than a decade. Before joining the House Democratic Caucus, she was a legislative aide, the operations director for the Adam Cook for Congress campaign, and deputy director of the Office of Party Leaders at the Democratic National Committee.

Emily has provided graphic design consulting for local, state, and national campaigns and progressive organizations around the country, including the Obama Victory Fund, the National Action Network, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She currently lives in Richmond with her dachshund, Honey.

Danya Rafiqi

Campaigns Director

More About Danya

Born and raised in California, Danya Rafiqi joins the House Democratic Caucus after working on campaigns in Texas and Iowa.

In 2020, Danya was the Campaign Manager for Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) re-election in North Texas. In Iowa, Danya served as the Iowa Press Assistant for Beto O’Rourke’s  presidential primary campaign. Before that, she worked on Iowa State Senator Eric Giddens’ special election campaign and was the Campaign Communications Manager at the Iowa Senate Majority Fund in 2018. Danya got her start in politics volunteering for a local California Assembly race and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. 

Dylan Doody

Campaigns Director

More About Dylan

Dylan Doody joined the House Democratic Caucus after stints working in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. 

In Pennsylvania, he served as Western Director for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee during the 2020 cycle.  Where he oversaw the retention of members in rural conservative districts.  

Prior to Pennsylvania, he worked in New York and New Jersey managing competitive state legislature races and helping retain strong majorities in both chambers.  

He is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a bachelor’s in political science and minors in business and history.