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McAuliffe names retired Navy officer to Cabinet

Friday - 12/20/2013, 12:55pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The retired commander of the U.S. Forces Fleet in Norfolk has been named to Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's Cabinet.

McAuliffe announced Friday that Adm. John Harvey Jr. will serve as secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security. The Democratic governor-elect has now named 10 of his 12 Cabinet members.

The 62-year-old Harvey received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and served in a variety of positions during his 39-year career. He has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.

McAuliffe praised Harvey for his "unmatched leadership" and his knowledge of both veterans affairs and emergency preparedness.


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