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McDonnell announces senior transition advisors

Anita Kumar

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell named the senior advisors to his transition team this afternoon.

The list includes many familar faces: former U.S. Reps. Tom Davis and Thelma Drake, Ed Gillespie, who served as the campaign's general chairman, and Glen Huff, the founder of the Virginia Beach law firm where McDonnell used to work, among others.

The advisors will assist the five transition co-chairs and staff who are preparing for McDonnell to take office in January.

Check out the full list below, along with four additional staff appointments. For more information visit the transition Website.

Senior Advisors to the Gubernatorial Transition

Michel Zajur-Richmond
Zajur is the founder and President/CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

W. Heywood Fralin- Roanoke
Fralin is chief executive officer of Medical Facilities of America. He is the Rector of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.

Ed Gillespie- Fairfax
Gillespie volunteered as General Chairman for McDonnell for Governor. He served as Counselor to President George W. Bush during the last 18 months of the Bush Administration and is former Chairman of both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia.

Frank Atkinson- Richmond
Atkinson is Chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner in McGuireWoods LLP. He served as Counselor and Director of Policy in Governor George Allen's administration.

Betsy Beamer- Richmond
Beamer served as Secretary of the Commonwealth in Governor George Allen's administration.

Thelma Drake- Norfolk
Drake represented Virginia's 2 nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2004-2008. She formerly served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996-2004.

Tom Davis- Fairfax
Davis represented Virginia's 11 th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1995-2008. He served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1998-2002.

Diana Cantor- Richmond
Cantor, a lawyer, CPA and former investment banker at Goldman Sachs is a managing director of NY Private Bank & Trust. She served as the founder and Executive Director of the Virginia College Savings Plan from 1996-2007, an independent state agency. She is the wife of United States Congressman Eric Cantor, the House Republican Whip.

Glen Huff- Virginia Beach
Huff is the founder and a co-managing shareholder of Huff, Poole & Mahoney, P.C. in Virginia Beach

Dave Barrett- Richmond
Barrett is the Vice Chairman of The Virginia Family Foundation

Chuck Cunningham- Fairfax
Cunningham is director of federal affairs for the National Rifle Association.

James S. Cheng- Fairfax
Cheng is President of Totus Lighting Solutions. He formerly owned Computer and Hi-Tech Management, Inc. (CMH).

Judy Ford Wason- Williamsburg
Wason headed "Virginians for McDonnell" during the 2009 campaign. She was Executive Director of "Virginians for Mark Warner" in the 2001 gubernatorial race. She served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs for President Ronald Reagan, and managed Senatorial campaigns for former Senators Paul Trible and John Warner. She currently is involved with a number of Virginia civic and community groups, including the Christopher Newport University Center for Public Policy .

More staff transition staff appointments.

Crystal Cameron : Chief of Staff to the First Lady-Designate
Taylor Thornley : Deputy Director of Communications
Andrew Lamar : Legislative Liason
Brandon DeGraaf : Community Relations Assistant

By Anita Kumar  |  November 13, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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