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Governor McAuliffe Meets with Full Cabinet for the First Time

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The work begins Monday for Virginia's newest governor. Democrat Terry McAuliffe met with his full cabinet Monday morning in the state capitol, his first meeting with administration officials since being sworn in Saturday afternoon.

McAuliffe's 14-member team will play a critical role in helping the first-time office holder follow through on big campaign promises, like diversifying the state's economy and expanding Medicaid health coverage to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.

The cabinet will meet once a week, and includes three secretaries returning from the McDonnell administration: Secretary of Finance Ric Brown, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.

The governor, who has a tendency to trade slumber for early mornings, said he has slept very little since before his inauguration. Despite fatigue, he enthusiastically urged his administration Monday to "hit the ground running."

"After the transition all of you dug right in, wasted no time. I was excited to see in the transition offices all of the interviewing going on and for your deputies and so forth. It really was spectacular."

McAuliffe's team is still in the process of moving into its new offices, vacated by the McDonnell administration last week.

The first family moved into its new home in Virginia's Executive Mansion over the weekend, and McAuliffe said Monday his predecessor left some surprises behind.

"He had an alarm clock hidden in a drawer," McAuliffe said. "He didn't beat me, but you got my wife up."

McAuliffe will deliver his first address to a joint session of the General Assembly Monday at 7 p.m.

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