Virginia’s 10th Congressional District deserves a leader with the courage and tenacity to enact big, bold, and unyielding reforms – and Eileen is ready to be that leader. As the former Speaker, she understands we don’t have a moment to waste in the fight to protect reproductive freedom, expand voting rights, pass an assault weapons ban, put America on a path toward carbon neutrality, and so much more.
- Eileen Filler-Corn has always had the courage to stand up to right-wing extremism and Trump Republicans. As the first Jewish woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Filler-Corn was the target of multiple threats and assassination plots, and there are white nationalists in prison today for plotting to kill her while she was leading the House to pass gun violence prevention legislation. After George Floyd’s murder, Filler-Corn ordered the removal of Confederate busts and a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Old House chamber in the Virginia State Capitol building. And they are never coming back. And after three Virginia Republican Members of the House of Delegates signed a letter denying the results of the 2020 election and advocating for trying to steal the election, Eileen Filler-Corn took action, stripping them of committee assignments. She has shown she has the courage to take on right-wing extremism in Congress.
- Eileen Filler-Corn is 100% pro-choice and has always defended a woman’s right to choose. When she was Speaker, Virginia repealed abortion restrictions that right-wing Republicans had put in place. She worked to make contraception more accessible and affordable, successfully sponsoring a bill requiring all health benefit plans to provide coverage for a full year of contraceptives. As the mother of a daughter, advocating for reproductive rights and freedom is at the core of her motivation. In Congress, she’d work to codify Roe to protect reproductive rights and stand strong against any new national abortion ban. In 2012 she fought against the Republican “transvaginal” bill and led the charge to get Republicans to shelve their “personhood” bill after forcing Republicans to take a vote against contraception.
- In 1996, Eileen’s life took a turn – it was this point that ultimately led Eileen to run for office. In a mall parking lot, she was car-jacked – the assailant threatening to pull a gun – while her babies were in the car. They all turned out okay, but afterward, Eileen successfully advocated for better security at the mall where it happened. That marked the beginning of her public service journey, leading Eileen to help organize the original Million Mom March for gun violence prevention and, eventually, to run for office. A workplace shooting, where Eileen’s sister survived, but 7 others tragically lost their lives, hardened her resolve to work toward gun safety.
- Eileen Filler-Corn has always stood up to the NRA and the national gun lobby. When she was Speaker, Virginia made real progress on gun safety by expanding background checks on gun sales. She passed red-flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including domestic abusers. The comprehensive gun safety reform she passed served as a blueprint for the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that Congress passed in 2022. In Congress, she’ll continue to work to make our communities safer, including by passing a federal assault weapons ban.
- Eileen Filler-Corn is the progressive leader that Virginia needs – that’s why she’s endorsed by leading Virginia Democrats, including former Governor Ralph Northam and former Attorney General Mark Herring. As Minority Leader, Filler-Corn led Democrats to retake the majority for the first time in 20 years – with a 10-seat majority at that. As a Delegate, Minority Leader, and eventually Speaker of the House, Filler-Corn went to work on the issues that matter to our community: gun violence prevention, women’s health, expanding voting rights, raising the minimum wage, ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, and much more. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she’s delivered real change. When many state legislatures around the country were rolling back rights and cutting essential programs, thanks to her leadership, Virginia did the opposite.
- Eileen Filler-Corn has always worked to make health care more affordable for every Virginia family. She fought in the House for years for the adoption of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in Virginia, making health care more accessible for Virginia’s families. The change substantially increased eligibility for this critical program, expanding coverage to over 745,000 Virginians since the law went into effect. She worked to require coverage for pre-existing conditions like diabetes and heart disease and to prevent insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations from overcharging for lifesaving medicines like insulin.
- Eileen Filler-Corn knows every Virginian should be able to vote, that it should be easy and protected. That is why she stood up to Trump Republicans and passed reforms that protected our right to vote. She passed same-day registration and early voting access. Now, Virginia has the most progressive voting laws in the South, so every person can vote and have confidence that their vote will be counted.
- Eileen Filler-Corn knows that humans cause climate change, and she has worked to make things better. When she was Speaker, she put Virginia on a path toward carbon neutrality and oversaw efforts for the Commonwealth to join RGGI, a regional agreement between Atlantic Coast states to reduce energy consumption. She knows every family deserves access to clean air and safe drinking water.
- Eileen Filler-Corn knows Virginia’s flagship universities are what separates us from the surrounding states. She will stand up to MAGA’s attempts to harm our state universities. That is why she worked to protect funding for higher education, passed more tuition assistance so lower-income families can send children to college, and developed tuition assistance programs for VA graduates who pursue in-demand jobs or early childhood education. She also sponsored and worked closely with Governor Northam to pass the bill that created the “G3” program, which makes tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields.
- Eileen Filler-Corn has always stood with working women. She helped pass pregnancy protections so companies could not fire pregnant women just because they were pregnant. She passed more childcare subsidies to make it more affordable for working women. She worked hard to increase access to paid sick leave so parents could stay home with sick family members without fear of losing pay or their jobs, and she voted to increase the minimum wage.
- While MAGA Republicans are attacking our LGBTQ family members and neighbors, Eileen Filler-Corn stood up to that hate and division. As Speaker, she worked to ban conversion therapy programs. She trusts parents to know what is best for their children and stands up to efforts to ban medical and mental care for transgender children.
- Eileen Filler-Corn made history when she became the first woman Speaker of the House in Virginia history. She didn’t make history just for herself but for all of us. She defended the right to choose. She passed the most progressive gun safety legislation in the South. She liberalized our voting laws, including no-excuse early voting and same-day registration.
Eileen Filler-Corn gets things done. At a time when Trump and Republicans would rather indict, impeach, and share illicit images in committee hearings, Filler-Corn has a track record leading the way on wages and jobs, health care, abortion and contraception, and gun safety, along with attracting and strengthening small businesses. She will get to DC and get things done on day one. That’s why she’s not just the best candidate for the job, but she’s also the best candidate to keep Virginia’s 10th Congressional District blue in November and help deliver a new Democratic Majority in the House.