Former Loudoun Delegate Randy Minchew will resign his seat on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority board to allow incoming Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn to make her own appointment to the seat.
Minchew, a Republican who was unseated in the 2017 election and lost a second time to Democrat Wendy Gooditis last month, is serving a term that doesn’t expire until June 30. He joined the authority following the passage of the General Assembly’s transportation funding bill in 2013. After leaving the House, Minchew continued to serve on the authority under the appointment of the House SpeakerM. Kirkland Cox.
While he sent his resignation letter Nov. 27, Minchew said he was willing to continue to attend meetings until an appointment is made and to provide any transition support needed.
Minchew was a leading advocate of the 2013 transportation bill and said he was “immensely proud of the work of the Authority in funding approximately $3 billion in regional transportation projects here in Northern Virginia over the course of the past six years.”
“The Authority is a highly effective and solution-oriented government body that exemplifies regional cooperation and bipartisanship,” he wrote.
The former delegate also had a piece of advice forthe new General Assembly and the Democratic leadership that takes over Jan. 1. He urged state legislators to restore funding that was diverted from the NVTA last year to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority to help pay for Metro operations.
“Those bills moved Northern Virginia transportation dollars from a highly efficient body, namely the Authority, to a highly inefficient body, namely WMATA, and should be reversed by superseding legislation during the 2020 Session,” Minchew wrote.