Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is turning to state Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, to be the executive director of Florida’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

DeSantis announced the news at the end of last week. The nomination will need to be approved by the state Cabinet.

“Danny’s commitment to our nation and especially to Florida’s veteran community make him the perfect fit to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs,” DeSantis said. “His relentless advocacy for veterans in the Florida Legislature is proof of his commitment to the wellbeing of our veterans and addressing the important issues they face. I know that he will work tirelessly to continue to improve our ability to serve Florida’s veterans and I look forward to discussing his exemplary record with members of the Cabinet when we convene.”

“When Governor-elect DeSantis first asked me to consider leading the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as its executive director, I viewed it as an extension of my duty to serve those that have served us. I want to thank my constituents and the community I have the honor to serve, for the faith and trust they have placed in me over the years and ask for their prayers and support as I work on behalf of our new governor to serve those who have given so much to our nation. I am grateful to the governor-elect for his confidence in me and I look forward to making great progress for our veterans,” said Burgess.

Burgess is a captain and judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. An attorney, Burgess served on the Zephyrhills City Council and as mayor of that town. First elected to the Florida House in 2014, he kept his seat in the past two election cycles and currently represents parts of Pasco County.


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