Virginia Democrats’ speaker pick would be first woman in job

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's House of Delegates is expected to soon have its first female speaker in its 400-year history, as the chamber's incoming Democrats chose a veteran legislator for the post Saturday. Democratic delegates for the upcoming session picked Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County as their nominee. Filler-Corn's election as speaker on the session's first day in January is anticipated because Democrats on Tuesday won a majority in the state House for the first time in two decades. Republicans lost their slim seat advantages in both the state House and Senate , giving Democrats led by Gov. Ralph Northam the ability to pass stricter gun laws and a higher minimum wage, as well as change rules barring the removal of Confederate war memorials. "This is a tremendous
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