Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe (D) is wasting no time transitioning into the role of Virginia's chief executive. Monday McAuliffe announced the appointment of some key staff members and cabinet secretaries as he begins the process of staffing up for the job.
There were no big surprises. One interesting decision was McAuliffe deciding to keep on Finance Secretary Ric Brown. Brown has served as a chief budget architect for several governors and has been in service to the Commonwealth since the Linwood Holton Administration.
Brown noted that he has served for 12 Virginia Governors, Six republicans and six democrats. He certainly fits the model that McAuliffe is hoping to craft of a bi-partisan administration.
Here are the rest of his appointments with a brief bio as provided by the Governor-Elect's staff:
Paul Reagan, Chief of Staff:
Paul Reagan previously served as the chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jim Webb and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman James P. Moran. Before joining Moran’s office, he served as communications director for U.S. Representatives L.F. Payne, Rick Boucher and Owen Pickett. Reagan also served as counsel to the House Science Subcommittee from 1993 to 1995 under its chairman, Representative Rick Boucher. At the state level, Reagan served as communications director for Governor Mark Warner from 2001 to 2005 where he helped to shape the Governor's successful message on budget, education and government reform issues. Regan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from George Mason University.
Suzette Denslow, Deputy Chief of Staff:
Suzette Denslow has been the Chief of Staff to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones since he took office in 2009. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director for Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. In addition, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Education for Governor L. Douglas Wilder and held the role of Deputy Director of the Virginia Municipal League and the Director of the Tennessee Municipal League. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Secretary Ric Brown, Secretary of Finance:
Secretary Ric Brown has served as the Secretary of Finance since August 2008, when he was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine. Brown was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010. Brown entered state service in 1971 as an Economist with the Division of State Planning and Community Affairs, where he served as staff to numerous legislative and executive study commissions including: the Revenue Resources and Economic Study Commission, the National and Dulles Airports Acquisition Study Commission, and Governor Holton’s Task Force on Financing the Standards of Quality in Public Education. In 1976, Mr. Brown moved to the newly created Department of Planning and Budget, and later served as Director of the Department of Planning and Budget under Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. He received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Commerce Degree from the University of Richmond.
Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth:
Levar Stoney served as McAuliffe’s Deputy Campaign Manager during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to that, Stoney served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 2006-2009, and as the Political Director of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds’ 2009 campaign. Stoney is a graduate of James Madison University.
Here is video from the question and answer portion of Monday's press event announcing the staff picks: