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Jody Moses Wagner (born August 6, 1955) is an American politician from Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Democrat, she served as State Treasurer of Virginia from January 2002 to January 2006, and as Virginia Secretary of Finance in the Cabinet of Governor Tim Kaine from January 2006 to August 2008. She was an unsuccessful candidate for United States House of Representatives in Virginia's 2nd congressional district in 2000. She was the Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2009 election.[1][2][3] She lost the election to Republican incumbent Bill Bolling.

Jody Moses Wagner
Jody Wagner 2008-08-20.jpg
12th Virginia Secretary of Finance
In office
January 15, 2006 – August 8, 2008
GovernorTim Kaine
Preceded byJohn M. Bennett
Succeeded byRic Brown
Treasurer of Virginia
In office
January 2002 – January 15, 2006
GovernorMark Warner
Preceded byMary G. Morris
Succeeded byBraxton Powell
Personal details
Born (1955-08-06) August 6, 1955 (age 64)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dr. Alan L. Wagner
ChildrenRachel, Jason, Elizabeth, Maxwell
ResidenceVirginia Beach, Virginia
Alma materNorthwestern University (B.A.)
Vanderbilt University (J.D.)

Personal lifeEdit

Wagner received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University in 1977, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1980. She was admitted to the bar in Tennessee in 1980 and in Virginia in 1984. Prior to joining state government, she worked for about 18 years at the Norfolk law firm Kaufman & Canoles, specializing in securities and banking law.[1][2][4] She has been a board member of the Norfolk Foundation and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.[5] She is a former president of the Jewish Family Services of Tidewater and former board member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

In September 2005, Wagner and her husband, Dr. Alan Wagner, an ophthalmologist, began a side business making gourmet popcorn.[6]

Political careerEdit

In 2000, Wagner was the Democratic nominee in Virginia's 2nd congressional district following the retirement of Democratic Representative Owen B. Pickett. She lost the race to Republican Ed Schrock, a state senator, despite roughly matching Schrock in fundraising and showing unexpected strength in a Republican-leaning district.[7][8]

In January 2002, Governor Mark Warner appointed Wagner Treasurer of Virginia, an office within the Secretariat of Finance. During her tenure, she was elected President of the National Association of State Treasurers.[1]

Four years later, she was appointed as Secretary of Finance in the Cabinet of incoming Governor Tim Kaine She was succeeded as state treasurer by deputy state treasurer Braxton Powell.[1]

Wagner resigned as Secretary of Finance effective August 8, 2008, and was succeeded in that post by state budget director Richard D. Brown.[9] A week later, on August 15, she announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor in the 2009 election.[10] She won the June 9, 2009 primary.[3] She lost the election to Republican incumbent Bill Bolling.


  1. ^ a b c d "Jody Wagner, Secretary of Finance". Virginia Secretary of Finance.
  2. ^ a b "Jody Wagner (VA)". Project Vote Smart.
  3. ^ a b "Jody Wagner wins Va. Lt. Gov. primary". Richmond, VA: WTOP-FM. AP. June 9, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "Jody Wagner; The Democrat: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District". Online NewsHour; Election 2000. Public Broadcasting System.
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  6. ^ "About Jody's". Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
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  8. ^ Giroux, Bill (2000-11-02). "Schrock-Wagner match gains attention". Richmond Times-Dispatch. p. B.1.
  9. ^ Walker, Julian (2008-08-02). "Wagner won't talk future plans after her resignation". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  10. ^ Walker, Julian (2008-08-16). "Jody Wagner announces bid for lieutenant governor in 2009". The Virginian-Pilot. p. 3, Hampton Roads section. Retrieved 2008-08-16.

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