Office of the Governor-electRalph S. Northam

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2017
Contacts: Office of Governor-Elect Ralph Northam, Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Appointment


RICHMOND—Today, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced that current Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins will continue his service as part of the incoming administration.

“A member of the Armed Forces himself, Secretary Carlos Hopkins understands personally the opportunities this Commonwealth presents for our men and women in uniform and their families,” said Governor-elect Ralph Northam. “We must remain steadfast in our commitment to being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, and there is no better individual to take on this responsibility than Secretary Hopkins.”


Appointee Biography

Carlos Hopkins, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs 
On September 1, 2017, Carlos Hopkins was appointed Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. He previously served as Counsel to Governor Terry McAuliffe. Prior to this he served as a Deputy City Attorney in Richmond. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Carlos operated a small, private practice. He served as the Training Director for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond. In addition to his civilian legal experiences, Carlos holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard. Carlos received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the The Citadel and holds a law degree from the University of Richmond.