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McDonnell names commission to reshape, shrink government

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) this afternoon released the names of the advisers who will spend months searching for ways to shave hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget and make government more user-friendly.

The 31 members of the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring includes eight legislators, including House Speaker Bill Howell, local officials and business leaders, many of them well known around the state.

The commission will be chaired by Fred Malek, founder of Thayer Capital Partners. Malek, a major Republican donor, served as a finance chairman to Sen. John McCain in 2008 and has also been an adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The group will consider closing some of the state's 130 agencies, consolidating accounting and payroll systems, putting more forms online, privatizing state functions and eliminating annual reports. Its most controversial task will be to consider selling the state's 350 liquor stores, which McDonnell pledged to do on the campaign trail last year.

The commission is charged with providing initial recommendations to McDonnell by July 16, and writing a final report by Dec. 1. McDonnelll will call the General Assembly back to Richmond this fall for a special session to approve his recommendations if he can build support for some of them. Read a full story about the commission's efforts.

See below for a full list of members:

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Fred Malek, Founder and Chairman, Thayer Capital Partners

Alexandra Liddy Bourne, Executive Director, American Energy Freedom Center, Alexandria

Delegate Bob Brink, Arlington

Heather Carroll Cox, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations and Business Chief Risk Officer, Capital One, Alexandria

William Eggers, Director, Deloitte Public Leadership Institute, Arlington

Howard Estes, Principal, Estes & Associates, Midlothian

Mayor Paul Fraim, Norfolk

Bruce Gemmill, President, Campbell and Associates, Fairfax

Marcia Gilliam, President, CSE Financial Services, Abingdon

Speaker of the House of Delegates William J. Howell, Stafford

Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, Alexandria

Michelle Jenkins, Attorney, Gate City

Councilwoman Suzy Kelly, CEO, Jo-Kell Inc, Chesapeake

Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Reston

The Honorable Benjamin Lambert, former Virginia State Senator, Richmond

Senator Louise Lucas, Portsmouth

Senator Ryan McDougle, Hanover

The Honorable Alexander B. McMurtrie, Jr., former Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Chesterfield

The Honorable Maurice McTigue, Vice President & Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington

Senator Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg

Delegate G. Glenn Oder, Newport News

Scott Pattison, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers, Midlothian

The Honorable John H. Rust, Jr., Principal, Rust & Rust, P.C. and former chairman of Attorney General McDonnell's Regulatory Reform Commission, Fairfax

Geoff Segal, Vice President, Macquarie Capital, Arlington

Gilbert Shelton, retired banker and business consultant, Caroline

The Honorable Ron Tillett, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., Midlothian

Delegate Lee Ware, Powhatan

Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Arlington

John O. "Dubby" Wynne, Vice Chair, Council on Virginia's Future, Virginia Beach

Ric Brown, Secretary of Finance

Lisa Hicks-Thomas, Secretary of Administration

Special Advisor to the Commission: Mike Thompson, Chairman & President, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Springfield

Special Advisor to the Commission: The Honorable Bill Leighty, former Chief of Staff to Governors Warner and Kaine, Richmond

By Anita Kumar  |  May 7, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  | Tags: Virginia  
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If the election were held again today, this guy would still get my vote. Keep it up McDonnell.

Posted by: NoVAredsox | May 7, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Surely there is someone in the state better than Richard Nixon's designated Jew-hunter to chair this commission. And even if Malek did not have this particular blot in his background, does it make sense to have a 74 year old guy FROM THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION, FER GAWD'S SAKE! in charge of modernizing Virginia state government?

Is it my imagination, or is McDonnell going out of his way to step in it over and over again? It seems like he thinks if he pulls enough bone headed stunts, the press will evenually get tired of covering him or will be cowed by charges that they are "piling on", and then he will be free to sneak off and do the really awful stuff his handlers would like while no one is looking.

Posted by: exgovgirl | May 10, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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