McDonnell Cabinet Appointments

January 20, 2010

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The Cabinet of Governor Bob McDonnell was sworn in on January 17 during a ceremony held in the State Senate chamber at the Virginia State Capitol.  Two members of McDonnell’s Cabinet, Secretary of the Commonwealth-designate Janet Polarek and Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness-designate Terrie Suit, will be sworn in on January 24 as stipulated by state code. In addition, McDonnell announced that Bob Sledd will serve as his Senior Economic Advisor, an unpaid, senior-level position. Sledd will advise the Governor on job-creation and economic development matters. Jim Cheng was sworn in as Secretary of Commerce and Trade.
Cabinet appointments include:  

Cabinet Post
Lisa Hicks-Thomas
Todd Haymore
Chief of Staff
Martin Kent
Commerce & Trade
James S. Cheng
Janet Polarek
Commonwealth Preparedness
Terrie Suit
Gerard Robinson
Ric Brown
Health & Human Resources
Bill Hazel
Natural Resources
Doug Domenech
Public Safety
Marla Decker
Senior Advisor for Policy
Eric Finkbeiner
Jim Duffey
Sean Connaughton
The Governor-elect has also announced several top appointments to his Administration, including:
Communications Director
Tucker Martin
Jobs Creation Officer
Lt. Governor Bill Bolling
Counselor & Senior Advisor
Jasen Eige
Commissioner, Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Rick Holcomb
Director, Virginia Liaison Office
Jeannemarie Davis
Director, Dept. of Environmental Quality
David Paylor
Director, VA Dept. of Rail & Public Transportation
Thelma Drake
Deputy Secretary of Administration
Charles James
Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources
Matt Cobb
Deputy Secretary of Public Safety
John Buckovich
Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
Maureen Matsen
We will continue to update this list as announcements are made.