- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tax Commissioner Janie Bowen has died unexpectedly at 56.

The Virginia Department of Taxation says Bowen died Tuesday morning.

Bowen had worked for the department since 1978 and was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to head the agency in May 2006.

The department says Bowen was a classic example of an employee who steadily worked her way up through the ranks and was the driving force behind many accomplishments that helped the agency better serve Virginians.

The Charlottesville native earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and government at the University of Georgia and a master’s degree at the University of Virginia.

Last week, Bowen was elected to the head the board of the Federation of Tax Administrators. The group helps all 50 states with federal legislation affecting state tax revenues.


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