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Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation

Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, 1998-2001
Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation
Inclusive dates
  • This accession consists of constituent correspondence to the Governor referred to the secretary for response and correspondence and subject files arranged by department. Constituent correspondence are arranged by tracking numbers assigned by the Governor's office and date received. Subjects included are transportation issues, road projects such as I-81, I-73, Route 29, the Springfield interchange and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the car tax and complaints about the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Shirley J. Ybarra, Secretary of Transportation, Arthur N. Bowen III, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, James F. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Charles D. Nottingham, Assistant Secretary of Transportation wrote responses to these letters. Additional correspondence are arranged by department, then by subject. Notable topics include the National Air and Space Museum Annex, the Aviation World's Fair 2003, Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 (car tax), Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Springfield Interchange and copies of Secretary Ybarra's speeches. Notable documents concerning the car tax include: a decision brief for Governor Gilmore (dated 18 May 1999), prepared by Scott D. Pattison, Director of the Department of Planning and Budget, recommending a transfer of second year appropriations be made prior to 1 July 1999 for personal property tax relief; Policy Decisions and Guidance from the Attorney General regarding Personal Property Tax Relief Act implementation (ca. 1998); Summary of meetings between Secretary of Transportation/Department of Motor Vehicles staff and the Governor's Office held between May 1998 and May 1999 concerning implementation of the Personal Property Tax Relief Act; and meeting summaries between the staff of the Department of Motor Vehicles and
  • several Commissioners of the Revenue and Treasurers (23 February 1998 and 2 March 1998) concerning the development of guidelines needed to implement the Personal Property Tax Relief Act
Agency history record (0008-52760) describes the history and functions of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation. (Search as a/Virginia Secretary of Transportation).
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Biographical or historical data
  • Wayne A. Whitham, the first Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety, was reappointed by Governor-elect Miles E. Godwin, Jr., in December 1973 and by Governor-elect John N. Dalton in December 1977. Whitham suffered a heart attack in August 1978 and resigned in December 1978. On June 7, 1984, Whitham died in Richmond, Virginia. Governor Dalton named George M. Walters, a former top executive of the Reynolds Metals Corporation, to succeed Whitham as Secretary of Transportation. Walters served until the end of Dalton's term in January 1982. Governor-elect Charles S. Robb, the first Democrat to be elected governor since 1965, did not retain any of Dalton's cabinet secretaries. Robb appointed Andrew B. Fogarty, Dalton's assistant secretary for financial policy, as Secretary of Transportation. On July 1, 1984, the secretariats of transportation and public safety were combined again. As a result this partial reorganization of state government, Governor Robb appointed Fogarty Secretary of Administration and Franklin E. White, Secretary of Public Safety, assumed Fogarty's Transportation duties. White, who served as a White House liason official under President Jimmy Carter, resigned in June 1985 to become the New York state commissioner of transportation. He was replaced by Andrew Fogarty who served until the end of the Robb administration. He later served as Governor Gerald L. Baliles chief of staff from August 1986 to October 1989 when he resigned to become a vice president with CSX Corporation.
  • In December 1985, Governor-elect Gerald L. Baliles, picked Vivian E. Watts, a northern Virginia legislator, as Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety. Watts served until the end of Baliles term in 1990. In 1995 she was elected to her old seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. On February 22, 1990, the Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety was divided into separate secretariats. Governor L. Douglas Wilder, appointed John G. Milliken, a member of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors, as the Sectretary of Transportation. Milliken resigned on December 17, 1993.
  • In February 1994 Governor George Allen, the first Republican elected governor since 1977, appointed Robert Martinez as Secretary of Transportation. Martinez was born in Cuba and had served as Deputy Administrator for the Marine Administration and Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation during President George H.W. Bush's administration. At the end of Governor Allen's term in January 1998, Martinez joined the Norfolk Southern Corporation. Shirley Ybarra, deputy Secretary of Transportation in the Allen administration, was named Martinez's successor by Governor-elect James Gilmore. Ybarra previously worked as a special assistant to Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole during President Ronald Reagan's administration. Ybarra served until the end of Gilmore's administration in January 2002.
Cataloging source
Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation
These records are part of the Secretary of Transportation record group (RG# 44)
Correspondence is arraged chronologically, subject files are alphabetical by department.
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Finding aid for Accession 38991 (1998-2001)
Governing access note
Privacy protected information closed for 75 years after date record created. Types of records restricted include, but are not limited to: Commonwealth of Virginia employment applications, job interview notes, employee performance reviews, and employee grievance materials that were sent to the Secretary of Transportation and are part of the constituent correspondence series
Immediate source of acquisition
Secretary of Transportation
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence and Subject Files.
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (14 boxes)

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