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ODU Grad, Former Alumni Assoc. Board Member Appointed to Gov. Bob McDonnell's Cabinet

An Old Dominion University graduate and former House of Delegates member has been nominated by Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell as the state's secretary of commonwealth preparedness.

Terrie L. Suit spent nearly a decade representing the citizens of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake as a Republican delegate from the 81st District. She was a 37-year-old Virginia Beach mortgage lender with no political experience when she unseated seven-term Delegate Glen Croshaw in a 1999 General Assembly race.

While continuing to work as a mortgage lender and sit in the General Assembly, Suit attended ODU full time in 2004, finishing a degree she had started years ago with coursework spread over several schools. Her bachelor's degree in political science was conferred in August 2005. "I had picked up some credits, but I needed to get serious. I wore jeans and tank top and felt like a real college student," Suit said in a spring 2006 ODU alumni magazine story.

During her time in office she chaired both the General Laws Committee and the Virginia Housing Commission, and served on the Commerce and Labor, Counties, Cities and Towns, Education and Agriculture committees. Suit's assignments dealt with a wide range of business issues as well as housing issues and military relations.

She was also appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark Warner to the Virginia Commission on Base Retention, and was a key protector of Oceana Naval Air Station, which was located in her 81st District.

Since leaving the House of Delegates, Suit has taken a position as government affairs director at Williams Mullen. She provides a range of government relations services to clients, helping companies and associations navigate the federal and state legislative and agency process, as well as advising businesses on relocation and expansion opportunities within Virginia.

An active community leader, Suit sits on the executive committee of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and was the 2006 and 2007 chair of the Chamber's Lead Hampton Roads board of trustees. She also serves on the Virginia Beach Contemporary Art Center board of trustees and is a former board member of the ODU Alumni Association.

Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Suit served for three years as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Real Estate Board.

Her husband, Tom, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL.

This article was posted on: January 11, 2010

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