Anthony J. Principi Biography
Anthony J. PrincipiGeorge W. Bush's secretary of Veterans' Affairs
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
This is Principi's second time as head of Veterans' Affairs. He served as deputy secretary of the department under President George Bush, and became acting secretary when Secretary Edward Derwinski stepped down, under pressure from the president. Veterans groups hailed Principi as an experienced leader well equipped to guide the department.