Terrie L. Suit was appointed as chief executive officer of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® on September 23, 2013. Terrie’s real estate career began in 1985 and quickly shifted into real estate lending by 1988. She continued in this field for two decades. In 1996, Terrie received a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Soon after, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where she served the 81st District from 2000 to 2008. During her time as a delegate, Terrie served as chair to the General Laws Committee, the Housing Sub-Committee and the Virginia Housing Commission. As a delegate, Terrie was recognized by legislative peers and constituents as an expert on housing policy to include real estate licensure, common interest communities, landlord tenant issues, real estate finance, foreclosure, and building and fair housing issues.
In April of 2011, Terrie was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to be Virginia’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security after previously serving in the predecessor position of Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness. As the daughter of an Army officer and the spouse of a Navy SEAL, Terrie worked diligently to fulfill Governor McDonnell’s goal of making Virginia “the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
Terrie is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She currently is working towards a Master in Business Administration Degree at the University of Mary Washington. Terrie and her husband, Tom, reside in Stafford County.