RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican-elected Virginia Glenn Youngkin continues to bolster his cabinet and staff with a mix of seasoned government and private sector professionals ahead of his inauguration on Jan.15.
The political newcomer announced a handful of key people this week, including his chief of staff, his adviser, his veterans and defense secretary and his agriculture and forestry secretary.
“I am delighted to welcome this group of leaders with experience and service to others. These skilled people with diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experience that ensures we will deliver on our promises from day one, ”Youngkin said in a press release on Monday, when he deployed four key staff.
Among them was Jeff Goettman, who served as transition director after the election and was chosen to become chief of staff, according to the press release.
Goettman previously worked in private equity, the US Department of the Treasury, and as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
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Richard Cullen, a prominent Richmond lawyer and former Virginia attorney general, will serve as the governor’s adviser, the statement said.
Cullen spent most of his nearly 50-year career with McGuireWoods, where he is currently a senior partner, leaving only to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1991 to 1994 and as the Attorney General of Virginia from 1997. to 1998, according to a press release from the company.
He specialized in government investigations and white collar advocacy at McGuireWoods, representing clients such as then Vice President Mike Pence in Special Advisor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the interference of the Russia in the 2016 elections.
On Tuesday, Youngkin announced the selection of Craig Crenshaw as Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Defense Affairs. Crenshaw, who retired from the Marine Corps as a major general, has more than 30 years of experience in logistics products and services, according to the press release.
He also announced that Matt Lohr, former state delegate, fifth generation farmer and former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, would be his agriculture and forestry secretary.
Youngkin also announced this week the selection of:
– Rebecca Glover, who recently worked on Brunswick Group media relations campaigns, as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications.
– Eric Moeller, currently a partner at McKinsey & Company, as “Chief Transformation Officer,” a role not described in the transition press release.
– Joseph Guthrie, Virginia farm owner, former Fulbright scholar and instructor at Virginia Tech, as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
– Daniel Gade, who retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel, unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in 2020 and works as a professor at American University, as commissioner of the Department of Human Services Veterans.
Youngkin, who defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in November, will become the first Republican to serve as governor since Bob McDonnell, elected in 2009.
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