Janet Vestal Kelly

Janet Vestal Kelly (born February 16, 1976) is a former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, serving from 2010 through 2014 as part of the cabinet of Governor Bob McDonnell.[1][2] She previously served as Chief Operations Officer of McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign and on his staff in the Attorney General's office.[3] During McDonnell's federal corruption trial, Kelly served as a key witness for the defense.[4][5]

Janet Vestal Kelly
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
In office
January 24, 2010 – January 17, 2014
GovernorBob McDonnell
Preceded byKatherine Hanley
Succeeded byLevar Stoney
Personal details
Janet Elizabeth Vestal

(1976-02-16) February 16, 1976 (age 43)
Alamance, North Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Robert Keith Polarek
Ryan Patrick Kelly
(m. 2012)
Alma materLiberty University (B.A.)

Kelly currently serves as Principal & Director of Government Relations for America's Kids Belong, as well as President of Virginia's Kids Belong, organizations devoted to uniting government, faith-based, creative, and business sectors to end the foster care & adoption crisis in the US.[6]


  1. ^ Profile, nbc12.com; accessed January 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bob McDonnell's cabinet". 30 January 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2017 – via washingtonpost.com.
  3. ^ "Governor-elect McDonnell announces transition staff". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ Weisman, Jonathan; Maguire, Ken (18 August 2014). "Aide Describes Staff Revolt Against Former Virginia Governor's Wife". Retrieved 28 June 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ Alter, Charlotte. "Why a 'Blame the Woman' Defense Works So Well for Troubled Politicians". Time. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Virginia's Kids Belong | Every Child Needs a Loving Home". vakidsbelong.org. Retrieved 2018-10-17.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Katherine Hanley
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Succeeded by
Levar Stoney