Virginia Governor's Cabinet

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The Virginia Governor's Cabinet is a body of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the government of Virginia. The Cabinet is responsible for advising the governor of Virginia. Cabinet officers are nominated by the governor and then presented to the Virginia General Assembly for confirmation. Once confirmed, all members of the Cabinet receive the title "Secretary" and serve at the pleasure of the governor.

The current Cabinet is serving under Governor Glenn Youngkin.

In general[edit]


Each Cabinet secretary is appointed by the governor of Virginia, subject to confirmation by the Virginia General Assembly if in session when the appointment is made. If the General Assembly is not in session, then the appointment is acted on by the General Assembly at its next succeeding session. Each secretary is appointed for a four-year term but may be removed at any time by the governor. Before discharging their duties, each secretary must take an oath to faithfully execute the duties of their office.

Powers and duties[edit]

Each Cabinet secretary is subject to direction and supervision by the governor. All agencies assigned to each secretary exercise their powers and duties in accordance with the general policy established by the secretary acting on behalf of the governor. Each secretary has the power to resolve administrative, jurisdictional, operational, program, or policy conflicts between agencies or officials assigned to them, oversees and directs the formulation of program budgets for their assigned agencies, is responsible for holding their assigned agency heads accountable for their actions, and directs the development of goals, objectives, policies and plans for their assigned agencies.


The Governor's Cabinet is composed of the following officers, listed with the agencies they supervise:

Current Cabinet members[edit]

The current Cabinet, serving under Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin, is as follows:

Office Incumbent
Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Gee
Secretary of Administration Lyn McDermid
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matt Lohr
Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick
Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera
Secretary of Finance Stephen E. Cummings
Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel
Secretary of Labor G. Bryan Slater
Secretary of Natural Resources Travis Voyles[1]
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Terrance C. Cole
Secretary of Transportation Shep Miller
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Craig Crenshaw

Cabinet-level positions[edit]

Office Incumbent
Chief of Staff Jeff Goettman
Counselor to the Governor Richard Cullen
Chief Diversity Officer Martin D. Brown
Chief Transformation Officer Eric Moeller

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Youngkin announces new appointments". The Southwest Virginia Sun. 11 March 2023. Retrieved 9 May 2023.

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