The sedan had been passed down from her grandmother.
Filler-Corn went on to make electoral history of her own this winter, becoming the first woman in the 401-year history of the Virginia House of Delegates to become speaker of the House. Her fellow Democrats in the House, newly in the majority after two decades, elected her to the post in November 2019. She was sworn in in January 2020, a little more than 10 years after being elected to a seat that represents part of the Fairfax area. At that time, she was the only delegate who was a mother with school-aged kids.
Filler-Corn’s ascension is noteworthy beyond Virginia.
Women comprise only 29% of the nearly 7,400 state legislators nationwide, and only 75 women serve as speaker of the House, president of the Senate, speaker pro tem, Senate president pro tem, majority leader or minority leader, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“As historic as it is, and all of that’s important, look at what we really were able to do,” says Filler-Corn, who is also the first Jewish person to hold the Virginia speaker’s post.