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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP/WUSA9) - Longtime Virginia Democratic strategist Mame Reiley has died.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran's office says in a statement that Reiley died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 61.

Reiley persuaded Moran to run for Congress in northern Virginia's 8th District in 1990, then served as his chief of staff until 1996. Moran called Reiley "an indomitable force of personality and determination, always loyal, always committed to the principles of fairness and compassion."

Reiley also advised former governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, now members of the U.S. Senate. She served on the Democratic National Committee, chaired its Women's Caucus in 2003 and was a superdelegate pledged to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Mayor Dwight Jones issued this statement regarding Reiley's death, "It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to the family of Mame Reiley. Mame was a fierce Democratic advocate and friend to Virginia Democrats who fought each and every day for Virginians across the Commonwealth. She will be widely missed, but her legacy of integrity, hard-work, and tenacity will never be forgotten."

In a tweet, Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, who is now running for the democrat nomination for Virginia's 8th Congressional District wrote, "I was fortunate to know Mame Reiley. I am heartbroken I will not be able to share Election Nigh with her."

She also served on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a decade.

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