Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe named former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton his Secretary of Education Friday.
Holton is the daughter of former Governor Linwood Holton and wife of former Governor Tim Kaine.
"Anne Holton's lifetime of experience with Virginia public schools, her public service on behalf of Virginia students and her passion for creating opportunity for all of our kids make her the best choice to join my administration as Secretary of Education," said Governor-elect McAuliffe. "A public education in Virginia should be a gateway to success for every student, regardless of where they are born or what their economic circumstances are. I am thrilled to have Anne as a member of my team as we work together to strengthen Virginia's education system from early childhood all the way through college and workforce training."
Holton is a product of public schools in Roanoke, Richmond and Fairfax. Her three children also attended Virginia public schools.
Holton holds a law degree from Harvard, where she met Kaine. She served as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge in Richmond judge prior to becoming First Lady in 2006. She now works as Program Director for the Great Expectations Program for Foster Youth, working with Virginia's Community Colleges to improve access to higher education.
"I am honored to have this opportunity to work with Governor-elect McAuliffe to strengthen Virginia's schools from pre-Kindergarten all the way through college and workforce training, and to make sure our system works for all of our students, including those who are too often left on the margins of our society," said Anne Holton. "I am eager to bring my experience with Virginia public schools as a student, mother, judge, First Lady, and children's advocate to this exciting role on the great bipartisan team the Governor-elect has built to serve Virginians over these next four years."
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