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Anthony Joseph Principi


In office
January 23, 2001 – January 26, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Hershel W. Gober (acting)
Succeeded by Robert James Nicholson

In office
September 26, 1992 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Ed Derwinski
Succeeded by Jesse Brown

Born April 16, 1944 (1944-04-16) (age 65)
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Seton Hall
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Anthony Joseph Principi (born April 16, 1944) was the 4th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was appointed by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2001, and resigned on January 26, 2005. He is currently a lobbyist for Pfizer and chairman of QTC Management, a company that works on contracts for the Veterans Affairs Department.[1]

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Early life

Principi is a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and first saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy. He later served in the Vietnam War, commanding a River Patrol Unit in the Mekong Delta.

Principi earned his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall in 1975 and was assigned to the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, California. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy.

Career

Principi has worked on national policy issues and has held several executive-level positions in federal government throughout his career. He chaired the Federal Quality Institute in 1991, and was chairman of the Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance established by Congress in 1996.[2]

Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA's second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was named Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George H. W. Bush. He served in that position until January 1993. Following that appointment, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services.

From 1984 to 1988, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. He was the Veterans Administration's assistant deputy administrator for congressional and public affairs from 1983 to 1984, following three years as counsel to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Political Controversy

On March 29, 2008, The Los Angeles Times reported that, "The California company headed by former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi overcharged the agency some $6 million under a long-term contract to conduct physical evaluations on veterans applying for disability benefits" in a recent government audit.[3]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Hershel W. Gober
(acting)
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Served under: George W. Bush

2001–2005
Succeeded by
Jim Nicholson
Preceded by
Ed Derwinski
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
(acting)

1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Jesse Brown
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Anthony Joseph Principi
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In office
January 23, 2001 – January 26, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Hershel W. Gober (acting)
Succeeded by Robert James Nicholson

In office
September 26, 1992 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Ed Derwinski
Succeeded by Jesse Brown

Born April 16, 1944 (1944-04-16) (age 66)
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Seton Hall
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Anthony Joseph Principi (born April 16, 1944) was the 4th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was picked by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2001, and resigned on January 26, 2005. He is a lobbyist for Pfizer and chairman of QTC Management, a company that works on contracts for the Veterans Affairs Department.[1]

Early life

Principi is a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and first saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy. He later served in the Vietnam War, commanding a River Patrol Unit in the Mekong Delta.

Principi earned his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall in 1975 and was assigned to the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, California. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy.

Career

Principi has worked on national policy issues and has held several executive-level positions in federal government throughout his career. He chaired the Federal Quality Institute in 1991, and was chairman of the Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance established by Congress in 1996.[2]

Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA's second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was picked Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George H. W. Bush. He served in that position until January 1993. After that, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services.

From 1984 to 1988, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. He was the Veterans Administration's assistant deputy administrator for congressional and public affairs from 1983 to 1984, following three years as counsel to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

References

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Preceded by
Ed Derwinski
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
(acting)

1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Jesse Brown
Persondata
NAME Principi, Anthony
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Principi, Anthony Joseph
SHORT DESCRIPTION 4th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
DATE OF BIRTH April 16, 1944
PLACE OF BIRTH New York City, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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