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Warner to hire Hallock for state director post

Anita Kumar

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) will announce that he has tapped well-known Richmond lobbyist David Hallock for a key vacancy on his staff.

Hallock will serve as Warner's state director as the junior senator tries to elevate the job and connect with constituents back home.

Hallock, a vice president with Kemper Consulting, served as Warner's deputy director of policy and deputy counselor when he was governor. He also has served as an adviser to Democratic lawmakers, including former Gov. Tim Kaine and last year's gubernatorial nominee, state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

(You may remember that Hallock has played his share of Republican politicians -- Jerry Kilgore, Jim Gilmore and Bob McDonnell -- as he helped Democrats prepare for debates over the last few years.)

The state director oversees offices in Fairfax, Richmond, Abingdon, Norfolk and Roanoke and works with local and state government officials.

Eva Teig Hardy, a former longtime executive at Dominion Virginia Power, stepped down as Warner's interim state director in January and the job has been vacant since she left.

Hardy indicated from the start that she only would stay six months, and Warner had been speaking to a number of people about filling the job.

Names that had been being mentioned for the job at one point included: Alfonso Lopez, director of the Virginia Liaison Office under Kaine, Kate Hanley, secretary of commonwealth under Kaine and Dietra Trent, deputy secretary of education.

But in recent months the search had centered on Hallock. He will start Oct. 1.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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