Anne Petera

Anne P. Petera (born September 1, 1952) is an U.S. politician from Virginia and a former United States Department of Homeland Security official.

Anne Petera
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intergovernmental Programs
In office
April 17, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byChester Lunner (acting)
Succeeded byJuliette Kayyem
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
In office
January 1998 – January 21, 2002
GovernorJim Gilmore
Preceded byBetsy Davis Beamer
Succeeded byAnita Rimler
Personal details
Born (1952-09-01) September 1, 1952 (age 67)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University

Anne Petera served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Programs in the National Protection and Programs Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security from April, 2007 to January, 2009, after serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management at the Department since 2006. Prior to her appointment to DHS, she served as Director of Administration in the Office of Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore from 2002 to 2006. From 1998 to 2002, she served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Cabinet of Governor Jim Gilmore. She was appointed as Chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by Governor George Allen, serving in that post from 1996 to 1998.

In addition to her state and federal government service, Petera is also an active member of the Republican Party, serving as Chair of the First Congressional District Committee from 1994 to 1998, Treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia from 1998 to 2001, and as the Committee Woman from Virginia, a member of the Republican National Committee.

Her educational background includes a B.S. in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In July 2019 Petera announced a run for mayor of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, where she moved in 2015.[1]


  1. ^ "Anne Petera plans to run for mayor in Kill Devil HIlls". The Outer Banks Voice. Jul 7, 2019. Retrieved Oct 10, 2019.