About

Our Commissioner

C. Ray Davenport.

Carlton “Ray” Davenport was re-appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Ralph Northam in December 2017.

Mr. Davenport was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2014. Mr. Davenport previously served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry from 2002-2009 in Governor Mark Warner and Governor Tim Kaine’s administrations. During the interim period he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia AFL-CIO, one of two executive officers of the organization.

As Commissioner, Ray is responsible for general management/supervision of: Virginia’s  occupational safety & health plan; enforcement of labor & employment laws; registered apprenticeship program; and overseeing the certification and safe operation of commercial boilers and pressure vessels.

Ray is a product of Virginia’s registered apprenticeship program graduating as a journeyman crane operator and was later elected as business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147 serving 13 years as its principal officer.  He also served 7 years as President of the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council prior to being appointed as Virginia’s Commissioner of Labor and Industry in 2002.

Ray holds a B.A. in Labor Studies from George Meany Center for Labor Studies/Antioch University and a M.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst.