Rodney Alexander resigns as state VA chief

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Posted: Jun 3, 2014 4:39 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 3, 2014 4:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: rodney alexander, vance mcalister, louisiana politics, veterans affairs, resignation

BATON ROUGE - Rodney Alexander stepped down from his position as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday, according to Governor Bobby Jindal's office.

The governor appointed David LaCerte, who's served as deputy secretary since 2010, to replace Alexander effective immediately.

"Rodney has been a strong advocate for our veterans and I am very sorry to see him go," LaCerte said. "I am excited to build on our momentum from recent years and make a great Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs even better for our veterans, service members, and their families."

Alexander resigned from his seat as U. S. Representative for Louisiana's Fifth District to take the Veterans Affairs job in 2013. Vance McAllister won the special election to fill the seat, but after a scandal in which McAllister was caught kissing a married aide he said he would not run for the seat again.

A spokesperson for the Louisiana DVA said Alexander was not planning to run for office again, and instead was moving into the private sector.

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