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In Virginia, McAuliffe chooses two Kaine administration veterans for Cabinet posts

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that he has 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 work 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), now a senator. Jackson is currently deputy secretary for technology, a position Kaine chose her for in 2009. McDonnell reappointed her to the post the next 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 said in a statement. “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.”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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