|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 81st district
|Preceded by||Glenn R. Croshaw|
|Succeeded by||Barry Knight|
October 3, 1964 |
|Spouse(s)||Thomas F. Suit|
|Residence||Stafford County, Virginia|
|Alma mater||Tidewater Community College, Old Dominion University|
|Committees||General Laws (chair 2008)|
Terrie L. Suit (born October 3, 1964 in Orleans, France) is an American politician. A Republican, she was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2000–2008. In April 2011, she became the state's first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, a position she currently holds[update].
Suit returned to Tidewater Community College in the spring of 2007 to give the graduation commencement address to the class of 2007.
Suit was a member of numerous civic organizations in the Hampton Roads area including the Chesapeake Farm Bureau, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, South Hampton Roads BRAC Working Group and Virginia Republican Party State Central Committee. Suit has also won numerous awards including the John Marshall Award, the Hampton Roads Outstanding Professional Woman in Public Service, Virginia Women’s Attorneys’ Association, Advocacy Award of Excellence and YWCA, Woman of Distinction.
Suit was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2000 to 2008, representing the 81st district, which consisted of parts of the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. She was chair of the General Laws committee and Deputy House Whip in the 2008 session.
On September 9, 2008, Suit announced her retirement from the House, effective October 12. She cited the retirement of her husband, Tom, from the United States Navy, as influencing her own decision.
While Suit's initial plan was to join the government affairs team at the Law Firm of Williams Mullen, she left the firm after one year to join to join the Cabinet of newly elected Governor Robert F. McDonnell, where she served initially as his Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness, Senior Advisor on Military Relations, and Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, and later as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.
- "Historical Bio for Terrie L. Suit, 2008 session". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
- "Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security". Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- Walker, Julian (2008-09-09). "Virginia Beach Del. Terrie Suit will resign to become lobbyist". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
- "Text: Del. Terrie Suit's letter announcing resignation". The Virginian-Pilot. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
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