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Jun 03, 2014
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed David LaCerte to serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) upon the resignation of Rodney Alexander.
Governor Jindal said, “I am sorry to see Secretary Alexander step down from his post. Rodney has dedicated his life to public service. He has served our state with honor and integrity, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of David LaCerte to head the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. David already has a proven track record of tireless service for the LDVA. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country. It is important that we have a leader in place that understands the needs of our military men and women and their families. David is that leader, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
Former Deputy Secretary David LaCerte said, “Rodney has been a strong advocate for our veterans and I am very sorry to see him go. I am excited to build on our momentum from recent years and make a great Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs even better for our veterans, service members, and their families.”
The appointment of David LaCerte as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is effective immediately.
David LaCerte Bio
David LaCerte was appointed Deputy Secretary and Executive Counsel of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in June of 2010. As Deputy Secretary, LaCerte served as the department’s Chief of Staff, Executive Counsel, and Legislative Liaison.
Prior to joining LDVA, LaCerte served in the Marine Corps infantry in the First Marine Division. Under the command of General James Mattis, he led the first Marines into Afghanistan and Pakistan only weeks after 9/11, helping to drive the Taliban from Kandahar and establish several forward operating bases in hostile territory. He has led over 100 combat patrols and missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and also served as a member of interrogation teams for high value Al Qaeda targets.
He graduated with honors from Nicholls State University, earning a B.S. in business. He also holds a J.D. and B.C.L. from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center and studied international law and European Union law at Université Jean Moulin Lyon III in Lyon, France. LaCerte is licensed to practice law in all Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as the United States Court of Veteran’s Appeals in Washington, D.C.
He currently resides in Saint Gabriel with his wife, Mandy, a high school principal, and his daughter, Ava.