Charniele Herring

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Charniele Herring
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 46th district
Assumed office
January 26, 2009
Preceded by Brian Moran
Personal details
Born ( 1969 -09-25) September 25, 1969 (age 47)
Santo Domingo
Political party Democratic
Residence Alexandria, Virginia
Alma mater George Mason University (B.A. economics 1993)
Columbus School of Law (J.D. 1997)
Occupation Lawyer
Committees Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety
Religion Baptist

Charniele L. Herring (/ʃɑːrˈnɛl ˈhɛrɪŋ/ shar-NEL HERR-ing;[1] born September 25, 1969) is an American politician. She has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2009, representing the 46th district, made up the city of Alexandria and part of Fairfax County, near Washington, D.C. Herring is a member of the Democratic Party. She has been the House minority whip since 2012, and in December 2012, she was the first African-American to be elected chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.[2][3]

Personal life, non-political career[edit]

Herring was born in the Dominican Republic. She had a parent who served in the United States Army, and traveled frequently as a child.[4] When she was 16 years old, her mother was laid off, and she lived in a homeless shelter for six months.[5]

Herring studied for three years with the Virginia Ballet School and Company. She earned a B.A. in economics from George Mason University in 1993 and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1997.[2][4][6]

Herring was a VISTA volunteer.[4][6]

Political career[edit]

At age 13, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Herring testified before a government commission about health care coverage for military dependent children.[6]

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed Herring to the state's Council on the Status of Women. In 2006, she attended the Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.[4][6]

Virginia House of Delegates[edit]

Delegate Brian Moran resigned his House seat on December 12, 2008 to spend full-time on his 2009 campaign for governor. Herring immediately announced her candidacy for the vacancy. In a caucus on December 16, Herring won the Democratic nomination, defeating Ariel Gonzalez, director of governmental affairs for the American College of Radiology, 191–43.[7] In the special election on January 13, 2009, she defeated Republican nominee Joe Murray, an aide to Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina by 16 votes.[8] Murray requested a recount, which was resolved in Herring's favor; she was sworn in on January 26.[9]

Herring was the first African-American woman ever elected to represent Northern Virginia in the General Assembly.[6]

Herring has served on the House committees on Courts of Justice (2009–), Militia, Police and Public Safety (2009), and Science and Technology (2010–).[10]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 46th district
Jan 13, 2009[8] Special Charniele L. Herring Democratic 1,344 50.15
Joe R. Murray Republican 1,328 49.57
Write Ins 7 0.26
Brian Moran resigned; seat stayed Democratic
Nov 3, 2009[11] General Charniele L. Herring Democratic 8,778 63.98
Sasha Gong Republican 4,929 35.93
Write Ins 11 0.08
Nov 8, 2011[12] General Charniele L. Herring Democratic 7,664 95.19
Write Ins 378 4.80

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charniele Herring from Alexandria, Virginia. youtube. Retrieved 2012-03-12.  Campaign style video promoting green energy.
  2. ^ a b "Bio for Charniele L. Herring". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ Haines, Errin (2012-12-08). "Virginia Democrats elect the state's first African American party chair". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Political Leaders 2006 Profile: Charniele Herring". Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  5. ^ Lans, Michael (2009-01-11). "Candidates Hustle for Attention in Sprint to Replace Moran". Washington Post. p. C05. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Meet Charniele". Charniele Herring. Retrieved 2013-06-04.  (campaign website)
  7. ^ Craig, Tim (2008-12-16). "Herring Defeats Gonzalez; Murray Wins GOP Nod". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  8. ^ a b "January 13, 2009 Special Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  9. ^ Meola, Olympia (2009-01-26). "Va. House swears in delegate after recount". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Legislative Information System". Virginia General Assembly. Retrieved 2013-06-04. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  12. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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