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Katherine Hanley

The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office manages extraditions, clemency petitions, service of process, restoration of voting rights, pardons, authenticating foreign adoption documents, certifying notary publics, handling lobbyist registration, disclosures and conflict of interest filings, and assisting the Governor in appointments on Virginia’s boards and commissions.  Additional activities include: serving as ex officio Secretary to the Governor; serving as keeper of the seals of the Commonwealth; and compiling and “publishing” (on-line only) the annual Blue Book.

On 29 December 2005, Governor-elect Tim Kaine appointed Daniel LeBlanc, President of the Virginia AFL-CIO, as Secretary of the Commonwealth.  LeBlanc’s nomination was rejected by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates on 7 March 2006.  LeBlanc became the first cabinet member to fail to receive General Assembly approval.  Kaine later named LeBlanc Senior Advisor for Workforce Development.  Bernard Henderson, Senior Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth, served as acting Secretary from 7 March 2006 to 20 March 2006.  Governor Kaine appointed former Fairfax County board chairman Katherine K. Henley as Secretary on 20 March 2006.  Hanley served on the Fairfax County School Board from 1984 to 1986 and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1986 to 2004.  Hanley served as Secretary until the end of the Kaine administration in January 2010.

Deputy SOC, Bernie Henderson

Per § 2.2-126 of the Code of Virginia, records of the Office of the Governor will be made accessible to the public after they have been processed by the Library of Virginia.

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