RICHMOND, Va. -- More women will hold cabinet positions in Governor-elect Ralph Northam's administration than men, according to his office. Northam aides said it will be the first female-majority cabinet in Virginia history.
The Governor's 15 member cabinet lead policy decisions in areas like commerce, education, health care, and public safety.
CBS 6 spoke with Lt. Governor-elect Justin Fairfax about the administration's cabinet Wednesday. Fairfax said the move was not intentional, but it sends a powerful signal about the leadership role women will take in shaping policy in Virginia over the next four years.
“Governor-elect Northam made his picks based on his criterion and his judgement. The great thing is there is so much talent across a diverse spectrum in race, gender, and geography. I think he really tapped into the rich diversity we have in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Fairfax said.
A record number of woman will serve in Virginia's state house in 2018. Twenty-four woman will serve in the House of Delegates and Senate, which breaks the previous record of 19 in 2013.
Northam and Fairfax will take the oath of office Saturday.