As the 2014 General Assembly session approaches and with the McAuliffe transition in full swing, there are many exciting updates coming out of Richmond.
After 10 retirements this year, most of them senior members, seven of the House’s thirteen committees will have a new leader at the helm. Today, citing the need to prepare for session immediately, Speaker Howell announced the new committee chairs. The full list is below. We look forward to working with all these members in their new capacity.
*Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Chairman Ed Scott
*Appropriations: Chairman Chris Jones
*Education: Chairman Steve Landes
*Finance: Chairman Lee Ware
*General Laws: Chairman Todd Gilbert
*Science & Technology: Chairwoman Barbara Comstock
*Transportation: Chairman Tom Rust
Commerce & Labor: Chairman Terry Kilgore
Courts of Justice: Chairman Dave Albo
Counties, Cities and Towns: Chairman Riley Ingram
Health, Welfare & Institutions: Chairman Bobby Orrock
Militia, Police & Public Safety: Chairman Scott Lingamfelter
Privileges & Elections: Chairman Mark Cole
* Denotes new appointment
We will continue to update you on the major appointments to Governor-elect McAuliffe’s administration. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, former Sen. John Chichester, R-Stafford, Nancy Rodrigues, former head of the State Board of Elections, and former Delegate and Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement, have been named co-chairs for his transition. Former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, Paul Reagan was named transition director and shortly thereafter, named chief of staff.
He is also keeping Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown at his post, making him the 11th governor that Brown will have served under. Longtime campaign aide, Levar Stoney, was named Secretary of the Commonwealth, and Suzette Denslow, currently chief of staff to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, was named deputy chief of staff. Last, Commonwealth Transportation Board member from Virginia Beach, Aubrey Layne, was named Secretary of Transportation.
In addition, we’ll share the details of Governor McDonnell’s final budget once he presents it on December 16.