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McAuliffe names secretaries of administration, technology

December 12, 2013 | Virginia News

RICHMOND — Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that he had chosen veteran state government officials for two Cabinet posts, secretary of administration and secretary of technology.

McAuliffe (D) appointed Nancy Rodrigues as secretary of administration and Karen Jackson as secretary of technology.

The incoming governor, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and entrepreneur who has never held elective office, takes the reins of state government from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on Jan. 11. McAuliffe played up his appointees’ long records of public service and bipartisan experience as he introduced them at a news conference in the State Capitol.

Rodrigues served as secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections from 2007 to 2011, having been appointed by then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Jackson currently serves as deputy secretary for technology, a position that Kaine chose her for in 2009 and that McDonnell reappointed her to the following year.

“Nancy and Karen, like my other cabinet appointments, are leaders who will put partisan battles aside to do what is best for Virginia’s businesses and economy,” McAuliffe’s statement said. “They have served governors both Democratic and Republican, and have dedicated their careers to making Virginia a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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