Gov. Jan Brewer named former Rep. Ted Vogt as the next director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.
Brewer said Vogt’s military background makes him “uniquely qualified” for the position. Vogt is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and commander of an anti-terrorism unit.
“As a veteran in his own right, Ted is a passionate advocate for our nation’s military men, women and families. He understands their needs, but he also recognizes their value to our state and our communities. I’m confident Ted will be a tremendous asset to the department and a strong voice for Arizona veterans,” Brewer said in a press statement.
Vogt, a Tucson Republican, served one term in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011-2012. He lost his reelection after being drawn into a Democratic leaning district during the redistricting process.
Vogt will replace ousted director Joey Strickland. Strickland resigned in April under pressure from the governor after he went against Brewer’s wishes and hired former Rep. Terri Proud, who quickly made headlines after hiring by controversial comments about women in combat to a Tucson newspaper.