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.

Vahousedems.org, the official website of the Virginia House Democrats, represents the authoritative Democratic voice in Virginia’s House of Delegates. The Virginia House Dems are committed to recruiting and electing leaders that 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. In 2017, we had field organizers in 16 districts across the Commonwealth.

We offer full-cycle guidance for campaigns. For example, we:

  • Recruit and train candidates
  • Train campaign staff
  • Connect campaigns with consultants
  • Assist with funding polling costs
  • Coordinate media needs like TV ads
  • Assist with campaign fundraising
  • Help 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 campaign. 

It is the leadership of our Caucus Leader and Caucus Chair, the unity of our delegates, and supporters like you that make the Virginia House Democratic Caucus successful.

Leaders

Eileen Filler-Corn

Leader

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 over 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. In addition to the above issues, Eileen has also introduced and passed legislation that focuses on victim’s 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

Caucus Chair

Charniele Herring has represented the 46th District since 2009, during which 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 work was 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’s lived in Northern Virginia for over 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.

Staff

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

Trevor Southerland

Executive Director

Trevor Southerland has been with the House Democratic Caucus since 2014, serving as the Finance Director for the 2015 and 2017 cycles, as well as Acting Executive Director in 2016.

Before coming to Virginia, he was the Finance Director for the Michigan Senate Democrats, a partner in the Southeastern Campaign Group, and the Annual Fund Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Trevor’s worked for a number of organizations including the Georgia AFL-CIO and the Georgia Association of Educators. He was recently elected to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee from the 1st Congressional District.

A graduate of Kennesaw State University, Trevor now resides in Hanover County with his wife and son.

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Kathryn Gilley

Communications Director

Prior to joining the House Democratic Caucus, Kathryn was the Communications Director on a Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign in Maryland. She previously spent several years at a public affairs firm in Baltimore, serving electoral, non-profit, and corporate clients in grassroots organizing, stakeholder outreach, and media relations.

A native of Chesterfield County, Virginia, Kathryn attended Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her horse, Gloria, in Powhatan.

Brigid Godfrey

Press Assistant

Brigid, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, joins the Caucus after having served as a Field Organizer in CA-01 and as a fellow on two campaigns in the DMV area.  She’s a graduate of The George Washington University and is excited about moving to and exploring Richmond. 

 In her free time she enjoys reading, perusing twitter and traveling.

 

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Kyle Patterson

Legislative Director

Kyle has worked in legislative policy and political campaigns in multiple states. From 2015 through 2017,  he worked for the Rhode Island General Assembly’s House Finance Committee as the principal fiscal policy analyst for the state’s public higher education system, child welfare system, and a number of smaller state agencies. Prior to joining the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, Kyle also served as campaign manager and finance director for a congressional campaign in Kansas and as the finance director for the North Dakota Democratic Party.

A native of Wichita, Kansas and political science graduate of the University of Kansas, Kyle now resides in Chesterfield County.

Kiana Ham

Operations & PAC Director

Kiana is a native of York County, Virginia. She has previously served as the Finance Assistant for Virginia House Dems for the 2017 cycle. She is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Emily Beer

Member Services Director

Emily Beer has worked as a graphic designer and political staffer for over 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.

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Megan Hondl

Campaigns Director

Before joining the house Democratic Caucus, Megan spent the last few years working for the Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee. During her time in Wisconsin, she managed two races, worked as the Candidate Fundraising Manager, and then became the Deputy Political Director.   

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Thia’a Rahman

Deputy Campaigns Director

Thia’a Rahman is a Los Angeles native, joins the caucus from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia where she was a Community Organizer on the Peninsula in Hampton Roads region. A graduate from Norfolk State University, with a BA in Political Science. Thia’a worked on her first statewide campaign as a body aide and has advised on campaigns with Win Virginia. She is excited to build on her campaign experience with the House Democratic Caucus and explore Richmond.

In her free time, she organizes a social group for Women of Color called Melanin Mingle in the Hampton Roads region. Spends time with her partner, workout & loves the beach! 

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Naomi Miller

Finance Director

Naomi was born and raised in Albemarle County, Virginia. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with degrees in Political Science and German, she managed a State Senate race in New Hampshire. She has been fundraising for campaigns ever since, working as a Finance Director on local, statewide, and congressional races here in Virginia and in New Hampshire.

In her spare time, Naomi enjoys training her dog, singing, and reading.

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Carrie Hamilton

Finance Assistant

A Richmond native, Carrie has spent the last few years working and volunteering on local, state, and national Democratic campaigns in the region. She started with the Caucus in the summer of 2018 as a Regional Coordinator, after graduating summa cum laude from VCU. 

In her free time, Carrie enjoys rock climbing, visiting Virginia’s State Parks, and playing with her dog, Raven.

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Kristopher Banks

Digital Director

Kristopher Banks is a Detroit native with nine years of experience working in political, legislative, and advocacy campaigns. His passion for progressive politics started at an early age because of his families union membership and activism. Kris got his start as an intern at the Michigan Democratic Party, and immediately after graduating college joined the MDP as a full-time political organizer. Later using his design skills and social media savvy to become the organizations first digital organizer, training local clubs on incorporating new media elements to support traditional campaign work. Since leaving MDP, Kris has worked at the Harriet Tubman Center in Detroit, Michigan AFL-CIO, and the Democratic Party of Virginia. In 2016, he returned to Michigan to serve as the Michigan Digital Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and also served as Digital Director on the Gretchen Whitmer for Governor campaign.

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Kate Martin

Email Director

Kate is the Email Director for the Joint Democratic Caucus, running the email fundraising programs for both the House and Senate Democratic campaigns. Kate comes from Wisconsin where she was the Deputy Finance Director for the Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee. She is a graduate of Tulane University.”