Robert McDonald

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Robert McDonald
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee
Elections and appointments
NominatedJune 30, 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 President Barack Obama's nominee to become 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.[1]

McDonald previously served in the U.S. Army before working for Proctor & Gamble for more than 30 years.[2]


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:[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


McDonald is married with two children. They also have grandchildren.[2]

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