Ron DeSantis picks Army reservist to lead veterans affairs

Published: Dec. 15, 2018 at 10:44 PM EST
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By: Associated Press

December 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has named a state representative who is a member of the Army Reserves to be his veterans' affairs director.

Republican state Rep. Danny Burgess became Saturday the third sitting legislator DeSantis has named to his administration.

The 32-year-old represents a district north of Tampa Bay, recently winning a third term. He will have to resign. Burgess is a captain in the Army Reserves, serving as an attorney.

DeSantis appointed Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz as his emergency management director and Republican Rep. Halsey Beshears to run the department of business and professional regulation. He also backed former House Speaker Richard Corcoran as his education commissioner and incoming Lt. Gov. Jeannette Nunez is also a former House member.

DeSantis replaces Rick Scott on Jan. 8.

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