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Va. Cabinet member stepping down

Wednesday - 9/4/2013, 7:52pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security is stepping down.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose term ends in January, announced Wednesday that Terrie Suit will leave the Cabinet position Sept. 22 to become chief executive officer of the Virginia Association of Realtors. The governor appointed Suit's chief deputy, Jim Hopper, to succeed her.

Suit, who lives in Stafford County, worked nearly two decades in the real estate industry and represented Virginia Beach in the House of Delegates before joining the administration. McDonnell credits her with leading programs to provide more jobs and education opportunities to veterans, and with strengthening Virginia's military readiness.

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