John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs

Leader portrait photograph

John C. Harvey, Jr. a retired U.S. Navy Admiral, was sworn-in as Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security in January 2014. By legislation signed on March 3, 2014, Governor McAuliffe renamed and refocused Secretary Harvey’s post, which is now the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs.  As Secretary, Harvey is responsible for the oversight of all veterans-related issues in Virginia, executed through the Department of Veterans Services, and ensuring that a productive relationship is maintained with the military services and Department of Defense activities located within the Commonwealth.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Secretary Harvey attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, received his BS in Political Science from the US Naval Academy in 1973, and received an MA in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1988. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, reside in Vienna, Virginia.