Northam picks former Lynchburg lawmaker Shannon Valentine as next transportation secretary

Northam picks former Lynchburg lawmaker Shannon Valentine as next transportation secretary
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Former state delegate Shannon Valentine will serve as Virginia's next transportation secretary, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam announced Wednesday.

Northam announced his appointment of Valentine - a Democrat who represented a Lynchburg-area district from 2006 to 2009 and now serves as a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board - during a speech at the Hampton Roads Chamber.

"A dynamic transportation system is the linchpin to continuing the progress we've made on building the New Virginia Economy,” Northam said in a news release.


Valentine will replace current transportation secretary Aubrey Layne, a Virginia Beach businessman and certified public accountant who is moving over to serve as finance secretary in the Northam's administration.

Valentine advised Gov. Terry McAuliffe on transportation policy during McAuliffe's transition. She is also a founder of OneVirginia2021, a group that advocates for nonpartisan redistricting.

She has served on the CTB - the state board that oversees transportation projects throughout Virginia - since 2014.

Northam also announced that several-other McAuliffe-era transportation officials will continue in their roles in the new administration, including Nicholas Donohue, a current deputy secretary of transportation and director of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, and Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Northam named Quintin Elliot, currently chief deputy commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, as deputy secretary of transportation.

Stephen Brich, a vice president with planning and design firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, will serve as commissioner of VDOT.

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