Evers appoints new DVA Secretary, first openly LGBTQ cabinet member

Evers Appoints New Dva Secretary, First Openly Lgbtq Cabinet Member

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Toney Evers added to his cabinet on Monday, and made some history in doing so.

Evers appointed James Bond to be secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Bond is the first openly LGBTQ person to lead a state cabinet agency in Wisconsin history.

“James has been a dedicated leader at DVA for over a decade,” Evers said. “As a veteran himself, along with his decades of state service, I have no doubt he will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise to this role.”

Bond served in the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1988 both at home and abroad. He joined the DVA in 2010 and was appointed deputy secretary in 2019. Before his time with the DVA he worked at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

“I have built a career in service—service to my country, the state of Wisconsin, and to fellow veterans,” Bond said. “As secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, I will continue in this vein.”

Bond takes over for former DVA secretary Mary Kolar, who retired at the beginning of this year.