Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission



Richard D. Holcomb is the current WMATC member from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Commissioner Holcomb was first appointed to WMATC on July 21, 2010, by Governor Robert F. McDonnell. He was reappointed on May 23, 2014, by Governor Terry McAuliffe, and reappointed again on March 16, 2018, by Governor Ralph S. Northam.


In his capacity as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VADMV), he manages a state agency with a budget of over $240 million and a statewide workforce of over 2,000 employees. He oversees the collection of approximately $2.6 billion dollars in revenue annually, which funds a significant portion of the state’s new roads, and highway construction and maintenance.


Commissioner Holcomb also serves as the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. In addition, he is chairman of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and serves as Treasurer American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) International Board of Directors. He served as Chairman of the AAMVA Board in 2015-2016.


This is Commissioner Holcomb’s second stint as the head of VADMV, which serves more than eight million customers each year and provides an impressive selection of service options to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Prior to his 2010 appointment by Governor McDonnell, Commissioner Holcomb was appointed VADMV Commissioner in 1994 by Governor George F. Allen and reappointed by Governor James S. Gilmore in 1998.


During his initial seven-year tenure at VADMV, Commissioner Holcomb revolutionized the agency to provide the ultimate in customer service, surpassing public and private sector service organizations. Under his leadership, Virginia became the first state in the world to offer secure online driver’s license renewals.


During his most recent term as Commissioner, he has launched the robust DMV 2 Go program. Five customer service centers on wheels provide all VADMV transactions at convenient locations such as military bases, corporate and government complexes, and senior communities.


Commissioner Holcomb also believes that our dedicated military members who have given so much for our nation deserve every effort we can make to provide opportunities for their futures. He conceived the Troops to TrucksSM initiative, which provides testing, training, and potential career opportunities for military members after service. This outreach effort, recognized by the White House, is a collaboration between VADMV, Virginia military installations, and private transportation industry groups. The program helps provide employment opportunities to our military as truck or bus drivers, or in other transportation-related jobs after service.


Commissioner Holcomb is a former General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory Affairs for the American Trucking Associations, the national trade association for the trucking industry. In this capacity, he managed the in-house staff of attorneys and outside counsel on an array of complex legal matters such as corporate compliance, tax, employment law, election law, patents, copyrights, trademarks and anti-trust. He advanced the association’s interests through the court system, protected the association from legal action, managed legal defense through the interpretation of legal documents, and advised ATA leadership on legal and regulatory matters.


Commissioner Holcomb has served as Chief of Staff to Congressmen Craig T. James, D. French Slaughter Jr., and John Linder. In addition, he served as Deputy General Counsel to the 1992 Bush-Quayle Committee, Legal Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism.


Commissioner Holcomb holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He is also a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virginia Executive Institute.