Independent Agencies

State Corporation Commission
Location:
1300 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 371-9967
Code Reference:
§ 12.1-2 et seq
Purpose:
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has regulatory authority over utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising and railroads. It is the state's central filing office for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and Uniform Commercial Code liens. The SCC is an independent branch of state government with delegated administrative, legislative and judicial powers. It acts as a court of record and holds formal hearings when warranted. SCC decisions can only be appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court.Created in 1902 by the Virginia Constitution, the SCC began operations in March 1903. It was initially established to oversee the railroad and telephone and telegraph industries in Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly has since broadened its regulatory authority.The SCC's powers, which range from issuing rules and regulations to setting rates charged by large investor-owned utilities, are delineated by the state constitution and state law. The SCC's three commissioners are elected by the General Assembly for six-year terms. Working full-time, the commissioners direct the work of the SCC.
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems Authority
Location:
1250 East Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Code Reference:
§ 23.1-2400
Purpose:
The VCU Health System Authority is charged by statute with the missions of operating MCV Hospitals as teaching hospitals for the benefit of the health sciences schools of VCU, providing high quality patient care and providing a site for medical and biomedical research.

Virginia Lottery
Location:
Virginia Lottery
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 692-7000
Code Reference:
§ 58.1-4004
Purpose:
The mission of the Virginia Lottery is to contribute to Virginia's future one play at a time.
Virginia Retirement System
Location:
Virginia Retirement System
1200 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (888) 827-3847
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
Location:
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
333 E Franklin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(877) 664-2566
Code Reference:
§ 65.2-200
Purpose:
The Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission's mission is to serve injured workers, victims of crimes, employers, and related industries by providing exceptional services, resolving disputes, and faithfully executing the duties entrusted to them by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia529 College Savings Plan
Location:
9001 Arboretum Parkway
Richmond, Virginia 23236
Tel. (804) 371-0766
Code Reference:
§ 23.1-701
Purpose:
Virginia529 makes higher education more accessible and affordable for families and individuals.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission
Location:
32386 Lankford Highway
Post Office Box 111
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310-0111
Tel. (757) 331-2960 ? Fax (757) 331-4565
Code:
Chapters 693, 462, 714, 24, 228, 605, 348, 203, and 548 of the Virginia Acts of Assembly of 1954, 1956, 1956, 1959 Extra Session, 1962, 1962, 1964, 1990, and 1998, respectively
Purpose:
The purpose of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission is to establish policy and administer the operations of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Composition:
The Commission shall be composed of eleven members consisting of one member from the Commonwealth Transportation Board, ten members represent the localities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News; and the two Eastern Shore counties of Northampton and Accomack.
Term:
Four year terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • John F. Malbon6/30/2022
  • Stuart K. Colonna6/30/2022
  • Jeffery Rowland5/14/2024
  • Jeffrey Knee Walker6/30/2022
  • John F. Malbon5/14/2023
  • Karen S. James5/14/2024
  • Christine Snead5/14/2024
  • Reeves W. Mahoney5/14/2024
  • Paul E. Bibbins6/30/2022
  • Gregory L. Duncan5/14/2025
  • William H. Ferguson5/14/2025
Board of Directors of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program
Location:
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 210
Richmond, Virginia 23225
Tel. (804) 330-2471
Code:
§ 38.2-5016
Purpose:
The Board of Directors of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program shall administer the program as well as the Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Fund.

Composition:
The Directors shall be appointed by the Governor as follows: six citizen representatives. One of the members shall have a minimum of five years of professional investment experience. One of the members shall have a minimum of five years of professional experience in finance and be licensed as a certified public accountant or hold a similar professional designation. One of the members shall have professional experience working with the disabled community. One of the members shall be the relative of a disabled child experienced in the care of the disabled child. One of the members shall be an attorney with a minimum of three years of experience in the practice of law representing clients with physical personal injuries. One of the members shall be an at large representative consisting of a person deemed qualified to serve by knowledge, education, training, interest or experience; One representative of participating physicians. The initial term of the member appointed in 1999 shall commence when appointed and shall be for one year; One representative of participating hospitals. The initial term of the member appointed in 1999 shall commence when appointed and shall be for two years; and One representative of liability insurers. The initial term of the member appointed in 1999 shall commence when appointed and shall be for three years.

The Governor may select the representative of the participating physicians from a list of at least three names to be recommended by the Virginia Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the representative of participating hospitals from a list of at least three names to be recommended by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association; and the representative of liability insurers from a list of at least three names, one of whom is recommended by the American Insurance Association and two of whom are recommended by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. The Governor may select the attorney member from a list of at least four names to be recommended by the Virginia State Bar. The Governor may select the parent of a disabled child member and the at large member from applications duly submitted. Nothing contained herein shall preclude qualified applicants for any position on the Board from submitting an application to the Governor to serve as a member of the Board. In no case shall the Governor be bound to make any appointment from among the nominees of the respective associations.
Term:
Three year terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Michael L. Hoover6/30/2022
  • Joseph H. Stepp6/30/2024
  • Vanessa S. Rakestraw6/30/2023
  • Rhonda L. Russell6/30/2023
  • Jonathan M. Petty6/30/2023
  • Dawn R. Mccoy6/30/2023
  • Rebecca Dawn Filla6/30/2021
  • Ronald M. Ramus6/30/2022
  • Kevin V. Logan6/30/2023
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
Location:
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Tel. (434) 924-3296 ? Fax (434) 296-4714
Code:
Humanities Act of 1965; Amended 1976, 1980, and 1985
Purpose:
The purpose of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy (aka Virginia Humanities) is to foster public understanding, development, and use of humanities, and relate humanities to current conditions of local, state, and national life.

Composition:
The Foundation shall be composed of twenty-five members: six appointed by the Governor and nineteen elected by the board.
Term:
Three years; no more than two successive terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • William Mark Habeeb6/30/2022
  • Megan C. Beyer6/30/2024
  • Sylvester A. Johnson6/30/2022
  • Iris E. Holliday6/30/2022
  • Lenneal J. Henderson6/30/2022
  • Linda J. Seligmann6/30/2024
Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System
Location:
1200 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (888) 827-3847
Code:
§ 51.1-124.2
Purpose:
The purpose of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System is to to administer the Virginia Retirement System, a body corporate and a retirement system for teachers, state employees, and employees of participating political subdivisions.
Composition:
The Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System is established as an independent board in state government and shall consist of nine members as follows: five members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the affirmative vote of a majority of those voting in each house of the General Assembly and four members appointed by the Joint Rules Committee and confirmed by the affirmative vote of a majority of those voting in each house of the General Assembly.

Members shall be appointed for five-year terms with such members leaving the Board on a staggered basis as initially provided. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. A vacancy of a legislatively appointed trustee shall be filled by the Joint Rules Committee, and any such appointee shall enter upon and continue in office, subject to confirmation at the next session of the General Assembly. If the General Assembly refuses or fails to confirm his appointment, such person shall not be eligible for reappointment. No member shall be eligible to serve for more than two successive five-year terms. After the expiration of an unexpired term to which appointed, or for an initial staggered appointment of less than five years, a member may serve one additional five-year term. Subject to confirmation by the affirmative vote of a majority of those voting in each house of the General Assembly, the Governor shall designate the chairman of the Board from among the Board members described in subsection A above. A chairman may be reappointed and confirmed for additional two-year terms, not to exceed a total of two. However, the initial chairman's one-year term shall not be counted against the two-term limitation, and such person may serve as chairman for five successive years if appointed and confirmed as aforesaid. The chairman shall (i) preside over meetings of the Board; (ii) communicate on behalf of the Board to outside entities interested in the Retirement System; and (iii) perform additional duties as may be set by resolution of the Board. The Board shall elect one of its members as vice-chairman and appoint a secretary who may or may not be a member of the Board. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. The meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the chairman or whenever the majority of the members so request.
Term:
Members shall be appointed for five-year terms with such members leaving the Board on a staggered basis as initially provided. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. A vacancy of a legislatively appointed trustee shall be filled by the Joint Rules Committee, and any such appointee shall enter upon and continue in office, subject to confirmation at the next session of the General Assembly. If the General Assembly refuses or fails to confirm his appointment, such person shall not be eligible for reappointment.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Susan T. Gooden2/28/2024
  • O'Kelly Edward McWilliams2/28/2022
  • O'Kelly Edward McWilliams2/28/2022
  • Brandon Bell2/28/2026
  • William A. Garrett2/28/2023
  • Michael P. Disharoon2/28/2025
Volunteer Firefighters' and Rescue Squad Workers' Service Award Fund Board
Location:
Mailing Address:
Wells Fargo IRT Texas Service Center/VOLSAP
Post Office Box 2577
Waco, Texas 76702-2577
Tel. 1 (844) 749-1819
Code:
§ 51.1-1201
Purpose:
The Volunteer Firefighters' and Rescue Squad Workers' Service Award Fund Board shall promulgate such rules and policies as are necessary to carry out its responsibilities as required by this chapter. The Board may contract the administrative services related to the service awards provided for herein and designate authority for the administration of those service awards based on the standards set forth in ' 51.1-124.30. The Board or its designee shall request such general fund appropriations as necessary to maintain the Fund, make determinations of eligibility for membership in the Fund, approve applications for service awards to be paid from the Fund, and (iv) exercise all other powers necessary for the administration of this chapter and management of the Fund. Member contributions to the Fund shall be segregated into separate member accounts and be used only to pay service awards to its members. The Board shall adopt rules and policies that bring the Fund into compliance with any applicable law or regulation of this Commonwealth or the United States.
Composition:
The Volunteer Firefighters' and Rescue Squad Workers' Service Award Fund Board is hereby created and is to be composed of 10 members. The Director of the Virginia Retirement System shall be a member and act as chairman. The Governor shall appoint three members of the Board from a list provided by the Virginia State Firefighters Association and three members from a list provided by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. Such appointees shall be confirmed by the General Assembly and shall serve for six-year terms. No Board member appointed by the Governor shall serve more than two full consecutive terms. The Speaker of the House of Delegates shall appoint two members of the House of Delegates and the Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one member of the Senate. Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office.

The Director of the Virginia Retirement System with the consent of the Board shall immediately declare the office of any nonlegislative member of the Board vacant when he finds that the member is unable to perform the duties of his office or for any reason does not meet the qualifications of this section. The Governor shall appoint a new member, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, to serve for a full or unexpired term whenever the office of a nonlegislative member becomes or is declared vacant. In any case where a new appointment is made, the person receiving the appointment shall be a (i) volunteer firefighter representative if his predecessor was a volunteer firefighter representative or (ii) volunteer emergency medical services personnel representative if his predecessor was a volunteer emergency medical services personnel representative.
Term:
Such appointees shall be confirmed by the General Assembly and shall serve for six-year terms. No Board member appointed by the Governor shall serve more than two full consecutive terms. The Speaker of the House of Delegates shall appoint two members of the House of Delegates and the Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one member of the Senate. Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable John A. Cosgrove Jr.
House Members:
  • The Honorable Stephen E. Heretick
  • The Honorable Hyland F. (Buddy) Fowler Jr.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Gary A. Dalton6/30/2024
  • Richard W. Harris6/30/2024
  • Mark Louis Crnarich6/30/2022
  • Kenneth J. Brown6/30/2026
  • Steve A. Grayson6/30/2026
  • John Howard Craig6/30/2022
Ex Officio Members:
  • Patricia S. Bishop, Director, Virginia Retirement System
Task Force for the Identification of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia
Location:
Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.
1000 Wells Fargo Tower, 10 South Jefferson Street,
Roanoke, Virginia 24011
Code:
§ 23.1-2219
Purpose:
With such funds as are appropriated by the General Assembly and with the agreement of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (the Foundation), the Foundation shall identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve that history for educational and cultural purposes.
Composition:
To assist the Foundation in its work, a task force is hereby created consisting of 17 members as follows: three members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; two members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; seven nonlegislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor, at least one of whom shall be a recognized historian with scholarship in American history and slavery and at least one of whom shall be the president of a historically black college or university located in the Commonwealth. The Director of the Department of Historic Resources or his designee, the Director of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia or his designee, the executive director of the Virginia Tourism Authority or his designee, the chairman of the board of trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation or his designee, and the President of the Foundation shall serve ex officio.
Term:
Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Gubernatorial appointments shall be for a term of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Nonlegislative citizen members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable Mamie E. Locke
  • The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan
House Members:
  • The Honorable Jeion A. Ward
  • The Honorable Alex Q. Askew
  • The Honorable Hyland F. (Buddy) Fowler Jr.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Cainan Townsend6/30/2021
  • Corey Walker6/30/2021
  • Jalane Schmidt6/30/2021
  • Audrey Davis6/30/2021
  • Nelson Harris6/30/2022
  • Khadijah O. Miller6/30/2022
  • Makola M. Abdullah6/30/2022
Legislative Appointees:
  • Vacancy (Citizens, 4)
Ex Officio Members:
  • Julie Langan, Director, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Rita McClenny, President and CEO, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Eleanor Weston Brown, Chair, Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • Adele Johnson, Director, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

Information accurate as of December 2021