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.

Leadership

Eileen Filler-Corn

Speaker

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

Majority Leader

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.

Rip Sullivan

Caucus Chair

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.

Erin Monaghan

Acting Executive Director

Erin 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 fifteen years practicing law in Washington, D.C., including nearly ten 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 (after being born there, and then earning her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Virginia) to work for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and 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

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.

Kate Sarna


Press Secretary

Kate Sarna has served as the press secretary and spokesperson for the House Democratic Caucus since January of 2020. Before her time in Richmond, Kate did communications on 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

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.