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Virginia tax commissioner dies unexpectedly

Anita Kumar

Virginia Tax Commissioner Janie Bowen, who worked for the state for more than three decades, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning.

Bowen, 56, who worked her way up through the ranks, started in the agency handling sales tax phone calls and correspondence in 1978. She served briefly as deputy secretary of finance before then Governor Tim Kaine appointed her tax commissioner in 2005, leading one of the largest revenue departments in the nation.

Just last week, Bowen was elected president of the Federation of Tax Administrators, which helps all 50 states with training, research and keeps a close eye on federal legislation affecting state tax revenues. She also earned an award from the Telework Exchange organization for being the "driver" behind the Tax Department's telework program.

"Throughout her time in state government, Janie was always looking to find new and better ways of serving the citizens of Virginia,'' Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. "She combined a passion for service with a commitment to innovation. Her accomplishments were widely noted and applauded. Janie loved what she did, she loved public service and she loved Virginia. She leaves behind a Commonwealth grateful for her service, and friends and family who will miss her dearly."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 15, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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