RICHMOND (AP) -- Virginia's governor-elect has chosen a former newspaper publisher and government official as his secretary of commerce and trade.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe announced the selection of Maurice Jones at a news conference Thursday.
Jones was publisher of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk for four years before becoming deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012. At HUD, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an agency with 9,000 employees.
Jones previously served under then-Gov. Mark Warner as deputy chief of staff and commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services.
The appointment leaves McAuliffe with just one more Cabinet position to fill before his Jan. 11 inauguration. He has yet to name his secretary of education.
Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, reacted to the appointment Thursday.
"The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is pleased with Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s appointment of Maurice Jones to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade post in his cabinet. Jones has an impressive and extensive background in the public and private sector. During his time in Hampton Roads, Jones served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee from 2008-2012. In 2012, Jones served as Chair of the Chamber before accepting the position of Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. We are pleased that Governor-elect McAuliffe continues to add individuals to his cabinet who have ties to Hampton Roads. The Chamber looks forward to working with Jones as he serves as Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”