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Robert McDonald
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
July 29, 2014 - Present
Elections and appointments
NominatedJune 30, 2014
ConfirmedJuly 29, 2014
Appointed byBarack Obama
Bachelor'sU.S. Military Academy at West Point
Master'sUniversity of Utah
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1975-1980
CitationsMeritorious Service Medal
Place of birthGary, Indiana
Office website
Robert "Bob" McDonald (b. in Gary, Indiana) is the current U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Eric Shinseki stepped down from the position in the midst of investigations into the Veterans Affairs' secret waiting lists for veteran healthcare. McDonald was nominated on June 30, 2014, and confirmed by the Senate unanimously on July 29, 2014.[1][2]

McDonald previously served in the U.S. Army before working for Proctor & Gamble for more than 30 years.[3]


McDonald was born in Gary, Indiana, and graduated from West Point in the top two percent of his class.


Below is an abbreviated outline of McDonald's academic, professional and political career:[3][2]

  • 1975: Graduated from U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1975-1980: Served as Captain in the United States Army
  • 1978: Earned M.B.A. from the University of Utah
  • 1980-2013: Various positions at Proctor & Gamble, including CEO, President and Chairman of the Board
  • 2014-Present: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Confirmation vote

McDonald was confirmed by the Senate unanimously on July 29, 2014, by a vote of 97-0.[2] He succeeded Eric Shinseki.

Robert McDonald confirmation vote, July 29, 2014
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 43 0 43
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 97 0 97


McDonald is married with two children. They also have grandchildren.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Shinseki
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Succeeded by