Gov. appoints new Veterans Affairs Secretary


Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Congressman Rodney Alexander to serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA). Congressman Alexander has agreed to step down from his position in Congress and serve as Secretary of the department. He will succeed Interim Secretary David LaCerte, who will serve as Alexander’s Deputy Secretary. Congressman Alexander’s resignation will be effective on September 26 and he will take over as Secretary on September 30.

Governor Jindal said, “David did tremendous work for our veterans while serving as Interim Secretary, and he will continue to do a great job in his role as Deputy Secretary. Rodney has been a warrior for the people of Louisiana throughout his time in Congress. He’s dedicated his life to public service. Most importantly, when Rodney went to Washington, he didn’t let Washington change him, and he never forgot where he is from.

“Rodney has a servant’s heart and he is always looking for ways to help people. One of the things I admire most about Rodney is his service in the Air Force We have talked to Rodney about how he could continue to serve the people of Louisiana, and I asked Rodney if he would be willing to step in and serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Rodney has graciously agreed to step down from his seat in Congress in order to serve, and I know that he will do an incredible job as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“As I’ve said many times before, we shouldn’t have to wait until Veteran’s Day or the Fourth of July to thank our heroes. Every day should be Veteran’s Day, and I know that Rodney understands the needs of these courageous men and women.”