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UPDATED: Nixon resigning House seat to become Chief Information Officer

Rosalind Helderman

Del. Samuel A. Nixon Jr. (R-Chesterfield) will be resigning his seat in the House of Delegates to become Virginia's Chief Information Officer, under Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

The new job for Nixon, a tech expert who works with major corporations to overhaul their computer systems, has been in the works and the rumor mill for some time, but the position is now official and likely will be announced later today, according to a source with knowledge of the appointment

Nixon also was considered for the job of Secretary of Technology. His new position will make him directly responsible for straightening out the state's troubled information technology contract with Northrop Grumman.

Nixon's resignation will set up a special election for a new delegate in the House, the General Assembly's fourth special since January (first, second, third.

CORRECTION: After the special election to replace Nixon, there will have been *five* special elections since January. We forgot the election of Sen. Jeff McWaters (R) in Virginia Beach, to replace Sen. Ken Stolle after his election as sheriff of the city.

UPDATE: We've now received word from McDonnell's office about this appointment. In the release, McDonnell says that Nixon will take office April 5 and the governor will soon set a date for the special election.

"Sam and I served together for twelve years in the House of Delegates. During that time I came to greatly admire and respect Sam's intellect, character and understanding of the important issues facing the Commonwealth. Sam is a thought leader on information technology issues, both as a legislator and as a Senior Consultant at Richmond-based IT consulting firm CapTech Ventures. Sam's experience in this fast-changing industry will be of tremendous benefit at VITA. I know he will do a great job for the citizens of Virginia," McDonnell said in the statement.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 24, 2010; 10:49 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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This is an excellent opportunity for the Dems to chip away, again, at the GOP majority in the House of Delegates. I’m looking forward to helping take advantage of this opportunity. [WPB – Chair, Chesterfield County Democratic Committee]

Posted by: WPBrown | March 24, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Chesterfield Republicans will not allow the 27th to flip. I'm sure they have already begun the process of finding the perfect candidate to replace Delegate Nixon.

Posted by: TCRobinson | March 24, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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