Viola Baskerville

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Viola Baskerville
14th Virginia Secretary of Administration
In office
January 14, 2006 – January 16, 2010
GovernorTim Kaine
Preceded bySandra Bowen
Succeeded byLisa Hicks-Thomas
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 71st district
In office
January 14, 1998 – May 2005
Preceded byJean W. Cunningham
Succeeded byJennifer McClellan
Personal details
Viola Osborne Baskerville

(1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 71)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCollege of William & Mary
University of Iowa

Viola Osborne Baskerville (born October 29, 1951) is a Virginia lawyer and politician who served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2005 and as Secretary of Administration in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine from 2006 to 2010.[1]


Baskerville was born in Richmond, Virginia. Her educational background includes a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary earned in 1973, and a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law earned in 1979. Furthermore, she also studied abroad on a Fulbright Fellowship in Bonn, Germany.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Administration, she served on the Richmond, Virginia City Council from 1994 to 1997, including a stint as the city's Vice Mayor under then-Mayor Tim Kaine. Following her tenure as Vice Mayor, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, serving from 1998 to 2005.[2] In 2005, she became the first African-American woman to seek the Democratic Party nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, coming in second place in the four-way primary behind State Senator Leslie L. Byrne, but ahead of State Delegate Chap Petersen, and State Senator Phillip Puckett. Following the 2005 general election, she served as Co-chair of Governor Tim Kaine's Transition Team, and was succeeded in the State House by Democrat Jennifer McClellan.

As Secretary of Administration in the Virginia Governor's Cabinet, she was responsible for overseeing several state government agencies including the Virginia State Board of Elections, the Department of General Services, the Department of Human Resources Management, and the Department of Minority Business Enterprise. She was the only African-American woman to serve in Governor Kaine's Cabinet.[3]

She was succeeded as Virginia Secretary of Administration by Lisa Hicks-Thomas in January, 2010, and was subsequently appointed as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ "The Honorable Viola O. Baskerville, Secretary of Administration". Governor of Virginia. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010.
  2. ^ Condit, Deirdre M.; Hutchinson, Janet R. (January–February 2009). "Being there matters–redefining the model public servant: Viola O. Baskerville in profile". Public Administration Review. 69 (1): 29–38. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2008.01938.x. Pdf.
    Reprinted as: Condit, Deirdre M.; Hutchinson, Janet R. (2012), "Being there matters–redefining the model public servant: Viola O. Baskerville in profile", in Riccucci, Norma M. (ed.), Serving the public interest: profiles of successful and innovative public servants, Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 104–115, ISBN 9780765635297.
  3. ^ State of Virginia. "Viola O. Baskerville '73". The William & Mary Alumni Association. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ Earls, Maya (February 4, 2014). "Girl Scout CEO to deliver Black History Month lecture". The Commonwealth Times. Virginia Commonwealth University.

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