Former Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Angela Navarro, who worked in Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration, was sworn in to the State Corporation Commission Tuesday.
Navarro’s selection was previously announced by Northam in early December, two days after the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of long-time SCC Judge Mark Christie to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Navarro, who also served in former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration, has been active in Richmond’s energy and environment circles. Prior to her entry into government service, she worked for the Southern Environmental Law Center.
With her appointment, Navarro joins Judith Jagdmann and Jehmal Hudson on the three-person commission, which oversees Virginia utility regulation, banking and insurance.
Both she and Hudson, who was appointed by Northam this spring, will need to be nominated and confirmed by the General Assembly after it reconvenes this January. Hudson’s confirmation was blocked during the 2020 regular legislative session by Republicans on procedural grounds.
Democrats, who control both General Assembly houses, are expected to back both new commissioners.