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Gov. McAuliffe picks DEQ’s Baxter for Natural Resources position

  • By Whitney Pipkin on February 19, 2014
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has tapped Russ Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, to serve as his Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay.

Baxter served as acting director and chief deputy director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation before moving to the state’s DEQ.

This is Baxter’s second time to be nominated to a position by a Virginia governor. Gov. Mark Warner appointed him to serve as Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources under Secretary W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr., from 2002 to 2005.

Baxter also has served in positions at the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Virginia Conservation Network and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Bay Foundation’s Virginia Executive Director, Ann Jennings, issued a statement in praise of Baxter’s appointment on Wednesday.

“CBF is very pleased that Gov. McAuliffe has named such a seasoned veteran of Chesapeake Bay issues to this important post. Russ Baxter brings years of state government experience and expertise in natural resources policy, both at the executive and legislative levels,” Jennings said.

Jennings added that this appointment provides her foundation optimism that Virginia will reach important clean water milestones that are approaching in 2017.

Read about other Bay-related appointments the Virginia governor has made since taking office here.

About Whitney Pipkin
Whitney Pipkin writes at the intersection of food, agriculture and the environment from her home base in Northern Virginia. Her work for the Bay Journal often focuses on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and she is a fellow of the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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