New Virginia House clerk set to be first woman in 400 years

November 27, 2019 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The next clerk of Virginia’s House of Delegates is set to be the first woman to have the job in 400 years.

Democratic Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is set to be the next House speaker and the first woman to hold that role, announced this week that she’s picked Suzette Denslow to be House clerk when next year’s session starts.

The clerk serves as the official “keeper of the rolls” of the House and is a key administrative position. The House of Delegates and its earlier versions have had clerks dating back to 1619.

Past clerks include Edmund Randolph, the first U.S. attorney general and George Wythe, who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Denslow served as deputy chief of staff to Govs. Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe.