State Politics

Ex-McCrory aide lands Trump job

A former staffer with ex-Gov. Pat McCrory has landed a job in the Trump administration, it was announced Friday.

Virginia Johnson, who was McCrory’s director of federal relations, has been named principal deputy assistant secretary in the fish, wildlife and parks section of the Department of Interior.

Johnson, a Republican, ran in the 13th Congressional District election in 2004 and lost to incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Brad Miller in the general. As director of federal relations, appointed in 2014, she was the governor’s chief advocate on federal issues.

Johnson has been an attorney for more than 30 years in private practice, nonprofit and public service. She has worked for the secretary of defense, was executive director of the American Red Cross national headquarters, counsel to the House Armed Services Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Ethics Committee.

A Reidsville native, she obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University and earned a law degree at the Wake Forest University School of Law.