Navarro sworn in to State Corporation Commission in wake of Christie departure

The State Corporation Commission
The State Corporation Commission regulates Virginia electric utilities. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

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. 

Christie took the oath of office for FERC in Richmond Jan. 4

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. 

Angela Navarro, a former deputy secretary of commerce and trade, was appointed to the State Corporation Commission by Gov. Ralph Northam. (State Corporation Commission)

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. 

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Sarah Vogelsong
Sarah covers environment and energy for the Mercury. Originally from McLean, she has spent over a decade in journalism and academic publishing. Most recently she covered environmental issues in Central Virginia for Chesapeake Bay Journal, and she has also written for the Progress-Index, the Caroline Progress, and multiple regional publications. In 2017, she was honored as one of Gatehouse’s Feature Writers of the Year, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. Contact her at [email protected]