Anne Holton, Tim Kaine’s wife, resigns as Virginia Secretary of Education

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 15:01:21-04

MIAMI, FL – JULY 23: Anne Holton, wife of democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), looks on during a campaign rally at Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made their first public appearance together a day after the Clinton campaign announced Senator Kaine as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. – Anne Holton resigned as the Secretary of Education after the selection of her husband, Senator Tim Kaine, as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.

“As Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Anne has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the students of the Commonwealth and an essential leader in securing historic investments in public education during the most recent General Assembly session,” McAuliffe said. “During her tenure, Anne has been a constant and powerful voice for students, teachers and schools, and her lifelong dedication to serving Virginia’s young people, especially the children at the margins, has had a lasting impact in the Commonwealth.”

Holton is a former juvenile court judge and her father, Linwood Holton, was also a former Governor of Virginia.

Holton’s resignation became effective on July 25. Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent to serve as Virginia’s Secretary of Education on Tuesday.

“Dietra is goal-oriented and a natural problem-solver who is already a crucial member of our team, and I am excited to have her join my Cabinet,” Governor McAuliffe said. “She is deeply committed to ensuring that all Virginians have access to an affordable education of the highest quality, and I know she will continue to be a strong voice for our young people.”

On July 22, Clinton announced that she chose Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine is a long-time Virginian politician.