On January 24, former Representative and Florida Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate Award recipient Danny Burgess was unanimously approved as the new executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
Burgess earned the Distinguished Advocate Award in 2017 for his work on pro-jobs legislation while serving in the Florida House of Representatives. While in the legislature, he served on the House Veteran & Military Affairs Subcommittee and was a leader on military, defense and veterans’ issues.
“In order to continue Florida’s economic momentum, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring Florida remains the most veteran-friendly state in the union,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Government Affairs. “As a veteran himself, Danny Burgess will bring the same tireless enthusiasm for advancing the cause of our veterans as he did to bettering Florida’s business climate while in the legislature. Danny is the embodiment of a servant leader and we look forward to continuing our partnership with him in his new role.”
Burgess is a veteran of the United States Army and has held the title of Reserve Captain since 2012. Outside of the legislature, Burgess worked as an attorney in his native Pasco County.
“Danny’s commitment to our nation and especially to Florida’s veteran community make him the perfect fit,” said Governor Ron DeSantis in a statement.
The Florida Chamber proudly welcomes Burgess back to Tallahassee in his new position at the VA.
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