Tim Kaine names former aide as his vice-presidential transition director

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine has hired a transition director to help him prepare to take office should he and running mate Hillary Clinton win the election.

Wayne M. Turnage was Kaine’s chief of staff as Virginia governor from 2006 to 2010, after serving as state deputy secretary of health and human resources and adviser for special projects for Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.).

Turnage heads the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. He was reappointed in Feb. 2015 by newly elected D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) after steering the agency through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the scandal-dogged administration of former mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).

As part of the normal transition planning process, Kaine was asked to identify a person to lead his transition staff in the event he and Clinton are elected, a campaign aide said.

Kaine said he asked Turnage to help because in recent weeks, “the prospect of winning is such that we better start doing some thinking about practicalities,” according to the Associated Press, which first reported on the hiring.

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