Virginia Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam is putting together his cabinet and will be sworn into office Jan. 13. (Steve Helber/AP)

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam on Thursday named two more cabinet members, continuing to stick with people who have Virginia experience.

He named Matt Strickler as secretary of Natural Resources and Bettina Ring as secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Northam had filled another spot Wednesday, naming Shannon Valentine of Lynchburg to be his secretary of Transportation.

Strickler is senior policy adviser to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources under ranking member Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), but before that served as a legislative aide to Northam when Northam was in the Virginia state Senate.

Ring has been Virginia's state forester since 2014, after she was appointed to that job by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe. She had previously worked at the American Forest Foundation, but before that spent 14 years in the state Department of Forestry.

Valentine serves on the Commonwealth Transportation Board and was a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the Lynchburg area from 2006 to 2010. Before that she worked with the Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation. She also helped launch the One Virginia 2021 effort to fight gerrymandering of political districts.

She will succeed current Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, who Northam has named as his secretary of Finance.

Valentine's appointment ends speculation that Northam might tap a Republican state senator for the post to help alter the balance of power in that house of the legislature. The state Senate has 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats; tie votes are broken by the lieutenant governor, which, after January, will be Democrat Justin Fairfax.

Northam could still grab someone from the Republican Party for another cabinet position, but state Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) had been seen as a likely candidate for transportation secretary.

Northam, who has spent the last four years as lieutenant governor, will be inaugurated Jan. 13. He has maintained a slow and steady pace while building his cabinet.

He kept his own chief of staff, Clark Mercer, for the same role in the governor's office; tapped Carlos Hopkins to continue serving as secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs; and asked Brian Coy, the communications director for McAuliffe, to stay on as his communications director.