Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Jim Hopper was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell on February 25, 2010 to be the Deputy Secretary for Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and subsequently, effective September 23, 2013 to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. He previously served in the Office of the Attorney General as section chief of two (2) major sections of that Office. Prior to service in the Office of the Attorney General, he was engaged in the private practice of law in the Richmond area. He deployed as a member of the United States Army as a part of the surge in the number of American troops deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad City and Province, Iraq. He headed the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team Governance Section in support of the Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the Multi-National Corps-Iraq in the establishment of civil governance in the Province and City of Baghdad, Iraq.