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Virginia Governor's Cabinet

The Virginia Governor's Cabinet is a body of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the government of Virginia. The Cabinet is responsible for advising the Governor of Virginia. Cabinet officers are nominated by the Governor and then presented to the Virginia General Assembly for confirmation. Once confirmed, all members of the Cabinet receive the title "Secretary" and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

The current Cabinet is serving under Governor of Virginia Robert "Bob" McDonnell.

In General


Each Cabinet Secretary is appointed by the Governor of Virginia, subject to confirmation by the Virginia General Assembly if in session when the appointment is made. If the General Assembly is not in session, then the appointment is acted on by the General Assembly at its next succeeding session. Each Secretary is appointed for a four year term but may be removed at any time by the Governor. Before discharging their duties, each Secretary must take an oath to faithfully execute the duties of their office.

Powers and Duties

Each Cabinet Secretary is subject to direction and supervision by the Governor. All agencies assigned to each Secretary exercise their powers and duties in accordance with the general policy established by the Secretary acting on behalf of the Governor. Each Secretary has the power to resolve administrative, jurisdictional, operational, program, or policy conflicts between agencies or officials assigned to them, oversees and directs the formulation of program budgets for their assigned agencies, is responsible for holding their assigned agency heads accountable for their actions, and directs the development of goals, objectives, policies and plans for their assigned agencies.


The Governor's Cabinet is composed of the following officers, listed with the agencies they supervise:

Current Cabinet Members

As of July 2010, no Cabinet Secretary positions are vacant. The current Cabinet, serving under Governor of Virginia Robert "Bob" McDonnell, is as follows:

Office Incumbent
Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Kelly
Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore
Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng
Secretary of Education Laura Fornash
Secretary of Finance Ric Brown
Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel
Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech
Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker
Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey
Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton

See also

External links

  • Virginia Governor's Cabinet official website

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