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- In 1970, the Governor's Management Commission Study recommended the creation of six "Deputy Governors" assist the Chief Executive in his managerial duties, compatible functions of government were grouped under these administrative heads, who would serve as the Governors top management team or "secretariats," as they are called now. The General Assembly in 1972 created six Secretariats positions initially. As government reorganized, that number fluctuated when government agencies expanded or consolidated.
- The office of the Secretary of Commerce and Resources was established in 1972 and was responsible for the areas of economic development and natural resources. In 1986 this secretariat was dissolved and split into two separate offices, the Secretary of Economic Development and the Secretary of Natural Resources. In 1993 the name of the office was changed from the Secretary of Economic Development to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade.
- Past secretaries include: Maurice B. Rowe, 1972-1974; Earl J. Shiflet, 1974-1978; Maurice B. Rowe, 1978-1982; Betty J. Diener, 1982-1986; Richard M. Bagley, 1986-1988; Curry A. Roberts, 1988-1990; Lawrence H. Framme III, 1990-1992; Cathleen A. Magennis, 1992-1994; Robert T. Skunda, 1994-1998; Robert J. Stolle, 1998; amd Barry E. DuVal, 1998-2002.
- The Secretary of Commerce and Trade is appointed by the governor and serves as a member of his cabinet. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade's chief responsibility is to manage the direction of several state agencies that are concerned with the development of commerce and economic development throughout the Commonwealth. Some of the agencies reporting to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade include: Department of Business Assistance; Department of Economic Development; Department of Labor and Industry; Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy; Virginia Employment Commission; Virginia Housing Development Authority; Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations; Department of Housing and Community Development; Virginia Port Authority; Virginia Racing Commission; and Virginia Resource Authority.
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