Alexander announced as new state VA secretary
MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office.
The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has a $130,000 per year salary, on Sept. 30.
He will succeed Interim Secretary David LaCerte, who will serve as Alexander's Deputy Secretary. Lacarte has been holding that position since Jindal's first veterans secretary, Lane Carson, retired in December.
Tuesday, Alexander said he was not going to seek re-election when his term expires. At that time he blamed Washington gridlock and polarized leadership.
Alexander is the most senior member of Louisiana's House delegation. He represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes a vast majority of northeast and central Louisiana along with parts of the Florida Parishes.
Alexander served in the U. S. Air Force Reserve from 1965 to 1971. He serve for 15 years as a Louisiana State Representative where he was the chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.
A special election will be held on Oct. 19 to fill Alexander's congressional seat, with a Nov. 16 runoff if needed. The Associated Press says two state lawmakers already intend to run for the seat: Republican state Sen. Neil Riser and state Rep. Marcus Hunter, a Democrat.
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