STATEWIDE — Virginia’s Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin’s cabinet is starting to fill up just days before he is scheduled to be sworn in on Saturday, Jan. 15.
On Monday, Jan. 10 Youngkin’s team announced John Littel, as its pick for Secretary of Health and Human Resources, leaving Commonwealth’s Public Safety and Homeland Security. This was the last cabinet position to be filled.
Since Jan.1, Youngkin’s transition team has named its picks for eight cabinet position. Most notably announcing that coal lobbyist and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler as the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Natural Resources.
“Virginia needs a diverse energy portfolio in place to fuel our economic growth, continued preservation of our natural resources, and a comprehensive plan to tackle rising sea levels,” Youngkin said of Wheeler in a press release.
Other recently named cabinet members include Craig Crenshaw as the head of Veterans and Defense Affairs. Crenshaw served as a logistician in the Marine Corps retiring as a Major General. Crenshaw capped his thirty year military career as the director of Manpower Management Position for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Youngkin named Richard Cullen as Counsel to the Governor. In that role Cullen, who served as Attorney General of Virginia under then Governor George Allen, will provide legal oversite and guidance to Youngkin.
Other cabinet members are as follows:
- Chief of Staff– Jeff Goettman
- Secretary of the Commonwealth– Kay Cole James
- Secretary of Administration– Margaret “Lyn” McDermid
- Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry– Matt Lohr
- Secretary of Commerce and Trade– Caren Merrick
- Secretary of Education– Aimee Rogstad Guidera
- Secretary of Finance– Stephen Emery Cummings
- Secretary of Labor– George “Bryan” Slater
- Secretary of Transportation– Sheppard “Shep” Miller III