Aneesh Chopra will seek Virginia Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2013

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Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s former secretary of technology who moved up to become the country’s first chief technology officer, has decided to try his hand at politics. Chopra announced Thursday that he will seek the Virginia Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2013.

Since resigning his position as U.S. Chief Technology Officer under the Obama administration in January, Chopra said friends, business and community leaders have encouraged him to run for statewide office. 

In a statement, he highlighted accomplishments during his tenure in Virginia. “As Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, I worked with communities across the commonwealth to plant the seeds of new ideas to ensure all Virginians have the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. We created hands-on, high school technology training through Virginia STAR, accelerated efforts to prepare more people without a high school degree for jobs of the future through PluggedInVA, and harnessed the power of mobile technology to support great teaching through our Learning Without Boundaries initiative. I remain excited about these efforts and the new opportunities we have …”

Chopra served under Gov. Tim Kaine from 2006 to April 2009. While serving as U.S. Chief Technology officer, he designed a national wireless initiative across agencies built on private sector collaboration.  After leaving his federal post, he returned to being a senior advisor with The Advisory Board Co., a global research consulting and technology firm that helps hospital executives serve patients.


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