Posted: February 26th, 2014 | By: Bryan Warner
Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced that Virginia Johnson (’85) will lead North Carolina’s federal relations office, serving as the governor’s chief advocate in Washington, D.C.
Raised in Reidsville and a graduate of Duke University and Wake Forest Law, Johnson has more than 10 years of experience on Capitol Hill. She served as counsel to the House Armed Services Committee, the House Ethics Committee and as chief of staff to Republican Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan.
She also worked for Defense Secretary Robert Gates as deputy assistant secretary of defense where she was primary liaison between his office and the House of Representatives.
Prior to her appointment to the Department of Defense, Johnson was executive director of the American Red Cross National Headquarters during its response to Hurricane Katrina.
She was a Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 13th District in 2004, losing to incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Miller that year.
“Virginia’s background in legislative and public affairs, strategic planning and military affairs will greatly enhance our administration’s federal relations,” McCrory said. “We look forward to the work she will do working on a regional and national level to ensure North Carolina maintains its prominent role as a leader among the states.”