Herring in 2010
|Member of the
Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 46th district
|Assumed office |
January 26, 2009
|Preceded by||Brian Moran|
|Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia|
December 8, 2012 – March 15, 2014
|Preceded by||Brian Moran|
|Succeeded by||Dwight C. Jones|
|Born||September 25, 1969|
George Mason University (
Columbus School of Law ( J.D.)
|Committees||Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety|
Charniele L. Herring (
Herring was born in the Dominican Republic. She had a parent who served in the United States Army, and traveled frequently as a child.  When she was 16 years old, her mother was laid off, and she lived in a homeless shelter for six months. 
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.   
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.  
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.  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.  Murray requested a recount, which was resolved in Herring's favor; she was sworn in on January 26. 
Herring has served on the House committees on Courts of Justice (2009–), Militia, Police and Public Safety (2009), and Science and Technology (2010–). 
|Virginia House of Delegates, 46th district|
|Jan 13, 2009 ||Special||Charniele L. Herring||Democratic||1,344||50.15|
|Joe R. Murray||Republican||1,328||49.57|
|Brian Moran resigned; seat stayed Democratic|
|Nov 3, 2009 ||General||Charniele L. Herring||Democratic||8,778||63.98|
|Nov 8, 2011 ||General||Charniele L. Herring||Democratic||7,664||95.19|
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