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Tampa Bay lawmaker picked to lead Florida veterans affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis tapped Republican state Rep. Danny Burgess on Saturday.
State Rep. Danny Burgess represents eastern Pasco County. (Times files, 2014)
Published Dec. 15, 2018
Updated Dec. 15, 2018

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 the third sitting legislator DeSantis has named to his administration.

The 32-year-old represents a district north of Tampa Bay, in eastern Pasco County, recently winning a third term. He will have to resign.

Burgess is a captain in the Army Reserves, serving as an attorney.

DeSantis has also 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 appointed 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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