Former state Del. Randy Minchew has submitted his resignation to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority after serving on the body for six years.
While Minchew's current appointment runs through June 30, 2020, he said in a Nov. 27 letter to legislative leaders he believes “it is in the best interests of our commonwealth for me to submit my resignation … well in advance of that date so that Speaker-Designate [Eileen] Filler-Corn may make an appointment of another individual to represent the Virginia House of Delegates on the Authority as soon as she may wish to do so.”
Minchew said he will continue to serve until his successor is named.
The authority is responsible for long-range transportation planning, prioritization and funding for regional transportation projects.
Minchew requested in his letter that the General Assembly restore approximately $100 million in transportation funding that was shifted from the authority to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).
Through legislation that enacted the shift, Minchew said, state lawmakers “moved Northern Virginia regional transportation dollars from a highly efficient body, namely the Authority, to a highly inefficient body, namely WMATA, and should be reversed by superseding legislation during the 2020 Session.”
Minchew, a Republican, served in the House of Delegates from 2011 through 2017. He was defeated by Del. Wendy Gooditis (D) in both the 2017 and 2019 elections.
Here's Minchew's resignation letter: