Maurice Jones, Virginia’s new secretary of commerce and trade, is scheduled to speak at Get Active, VAR’s Legislative Conference on Wednesday February 12, following REALTOR® Day on the Hill.
In his new position, Jones will oversee six state agencies including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Department of Housing and Community Development, making his views on housing and the real estate economy especially important for REALTORS®.
His new role will also include the oversight of economic development in Virginia. Among other tasks, Jones will be working to entice businesses and jobs to the state, which could prove a boon to the housing market.
A Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from UVa., Jones had been serving as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until recruited by Governor McAuliffe. He served under Governor Mark Warner as deputy chief of staff and commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services, and as publisher of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.