Mame Reiley, a Democrat and political leader in Northern Virginia, died on Monday. She was 61.
Reiley was a key player in Rep. Jim Moran's first run for congress 25 years ago, and advised former governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, now both U.S. Senators, according to ABC 7.
"She was an indomitable force of personality and determination, always loyal, always committed to the principles of fairness and compassion," Moran said in a statement. "She's the one who convinced me to run for Congress in the first place."
The Washington Post notes Reiley was a go-to Democratic strategist who also served on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a decade, including as chairperson, before stepping down in 2012 due to health issues.
“Mame loved the rough and tumble of politics," Sen. Warner said in a statement. "She was a passionate advocate for her candidates and causes, and was enormously respected even by her opponents."