Terrie Suit

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Terrie Suit
1st Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
April 6, 2011 – September 23, 2013
Governor Bob McDonnell
Preceded by None (position created)
Succeeded by James W. Hopper
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 81st district
In office
January 12, 2000 – October 12, 2008
Preceded by Glenn R. Croshaw
Succeeded by Barry Knight
Personal details
Born ( 1964 -10-03) October 3, 1964 (age 52)
Orléans, France
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Thomas F. Suit
Residence Stafford County, Virginia
Alma mater Tidewater Community College
Old Dominion University
University of Mary Washington
Religion Presbyterian

Terrie L. Suit (born October 3, 1964 in Orleans, France)[1] is an American politician. A Republican, she was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2000–2008. In April 2011, she became the state's first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, a position she held until September 2013.[2]


Suit attended Tidewater Community College where she received her associate degree. She later attended Old Dominion University where she earned a B.S. degree in political science.[1]

Suit returned to Tidewater Community College in the spring of 2007 to give the graduation commencement address to the class of 2007.

Business career[edit]

Suit worked for a number of years in banking and finance as both an NASD licensed representative and as a mortgage loan officer.[1]

Suit was a member of numerous civic organizations in the Hampton Roads area including the Chesapeake Farm Bureau, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, South Hampton Roads BRAC Working Group and Virginia Republican Party State Central Committee. Suit has also won numerous awards including the John Marshall Award, the Hampton Roads Outstanding Professional Woman in Public Service, Virginia Women’s Attorneys’ Association, Advocacy Award of Excellence and YWCA, Woman of Distinction.

Political career[edit]

Suit was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2000 to 2008, representing the 81st district, which consisted of parts of the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. She was chair of the General Laws committee and Deputy House Whip in the 2008 session.[1]

On September 9, 2008, Suit announced her retirement from the House, effective October 12. She cited the retirement of her husband, Tom, from the United States Navy, as influencing her own decision.[3][4]

While Suit's initial plan was to join the government affairs team at the Law Firm of Williams Mullen, she left the firm after one year to join the Cabinet of newly elected Governor Robert F. McDonnell, where she served initially as his Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness, Senior Advisor on Military Relations, and Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, and later as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.


  1. ^ a b c d "Historical Bio for Terrie L. Suit, 2008 session". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security". Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  3. ^ Walker, Julian (2008-09-09). "Virginia Beach Del. Terrie Suit will resign to become lobbyist". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Text: Del. Terrie Suit's letter announcing resignation". The Virginian-Pilot. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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