Richard L. Walton
Chief of Policy
As VDOT’s Chief of Policy, Richard L. Walton, Jr. is responsible for the oversight of the agency’s legislative and regulatory affairs and also manages the Environmental, Local Assistance, Right of Way, and Policy divisions. During his tenure at VDOT, he has also supervised the Safety, Management Services, Transportation Mobility and Planning divisions.
Prior to joining VDOT, he was a senior assistant attorney general with Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General, where he led the transportation team for nearly 20 years. Before that he worked as an assistant attorney general representing VDOT and as a special assistant attorney general assigned to VDOT’s Fredericksburg District.
Walton received a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from Hampden-Sydney College and a law degree from Vermont Law School. He received the distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award for his work in the Attorney General’s Office. Walton is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
He and his wife Brenda have three children, Courtney, Lindsay and Richard.