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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: August 1, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Congratulates Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey, Jr. on Next Step in Public Service Career

~Carlos Hopkins will be appointed Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and Noah Sullivan will be appointed as the Governor’s General Counsel~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today thanking Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. for his service to the Commonwealth as the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and congratulating him on his new position at the Institute for Defense Analyses:

“As the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Admiral Harvey has been a tireless advocate for the more than 730,000 veterans who live and work in the Commonwealth. Over the past three and a half years, we have worked together to achieve significant accomplishments for veterans, active duty military, and their families making Virginia the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation. Admiral Harvey has used his position to create opportunity for veterans, servicemen and women and their families by expanding access to benefits, employment opportunities, education, and many other resources to help them thrive in and out of the military.  I am particularly grateful for Secretary Harvey’s leadership in making Virginia first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness.

“I wish Admiral Harvey the very best in his new position at the Institute for Defense Analyses as the Director of Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, and I know he will continue to make the Commonwealth proud.” 

Secretary Harvey’s resignation from his state government role goes into effect September 1. Governor McAuliffe will appoint Carlos Hopkins to serve as Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. Hopkins currently serves as Counsel to the Governor. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and holds a law degree from the University of Richmond. Previously, Hopkins served as a Deputy City Attorney in Richmond. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, he operated a small, private practice. Hopkins served as the Training Director for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond. In addition to his civilian legal experiences, Hopkins holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard.

Noah Sullivan, Deputy Counsel to the Governor, will be promoted to Counsel to the Governor.Noah is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Virginia, graduating with Highest Distinction. While at U.Va., Noah also served as Student Body President. After college, Noah worked at Dominion Energy in corporate public policy and then attended Stanford Law School, where he received his J.D.  Prior to joining the Governor’s office, he was an associate at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused on complex litigation in trial and appellate courts across the country.