Government: Administration Officials & Political Appointees

Those that are called to serve carry the responsibility and honor of developing and implementing the President’s agenda. This is no easy task, and the following individuals were integral in making tough decisions, all with the aim of bringing the right solutions and policies to benefit the veteran and military community. The Department of Veterans Affairs were hit with a number of scandals this year, and these individuals took charge of their positions, doing everything possible to make right some of the most immediate problems and prominent challenges for veterans and service members.

Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Robert Wilkie was sworn in as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on July 30, 2018, by President Donald Trump. Sec. Wilkie still serves as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves and is a former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

Before becoming a political appointee, Wilkie started his career in service as counsel to Senator Jesse Helms and Legislative Director to Representative David Funderburk. From 2003 to 2005, in the Bush administration, Wilkie was Special Assistant to the President for national security affairs and a Senior Director of the National Security Council, where he was a senior policy advisor to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as well as her successor, Stephen Hadley. Wilkie developed strategic planning for the implementation of the Moscow Treaty, the Millennium Challenge Account, Iraqi Reconstruction and NATO Expansion. In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates awarded him the Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian award of the Department.


Brooks Tucker, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs

As Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA), Brooks D. Tucker oversees and coordinates the Department’s activities with Members of Congress and committees of jurisdiction, maintaining responsive and effective communications with Congress.

Before being tapped as Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Tucker was a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer for 25 years, serving all over the world. Upon leaving the military, Tucker continued to serve, holding positions such as Senior Advisor in the United States Senate, Senior Advisor to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and Policy Advisor for the Presidential Transition Team.

Tim Morrison, National Security Council and Special Assistant to the President

Tim Morrison joined the National Security Council in July 2018 and serves as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Biodefense. In this role, he oversees and coordinates the development of national policies and programs to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons including biological threats from naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental sources; detect, identify, secure and eliminate nuclear materials; prevent proliferation; manage arms control; and, prevent the use of emerging technology for the development of WMD.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Morrison served as the Policy Director on the House Armed Services Committee. In that role, he coordinated the Committee’s activities regarding the “4 plus 1” and the Chairman’s policy priorities. He has also served as the Staff Lead of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which authorizes National Security Space systems of the Department of Defense, Missile Defenses, Nuclear Command and Control and Continuity of Government programs and policies, and Department of Defense and Department of Energy nuclear weapons programs. He has served in a variety of other staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.