Former Rep. Courtney Rogers to head Veterans Services in Lee administration

Gov.-elect Bill Lee has named former Rep. Courtney Rogers (R-Hendersonville) as commissioner of veterans services and Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes as the head of military affairs.

Here’s was he release from the Lee transition;

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Today, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced two appointments to his cabinet for the Department of Military and the Department of Veterans Services.

“We are pleased to add two experienced military leaders to our cabinet today,” said Lee. “Our veterans and active duty personnel will be in good hands with these appointments and I look forward to working with them.”

The Governor-elect named the following appointments today:

  • Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes– Department of Military
  • Ret. Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers– Department of Veterans Services

Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, of Carroll County, currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General of First Army which provides training and readiness oversight to reserve component units deploying worldwide. He has previously served as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard. Holmes has commanded Tennessee National Guard units at all levels and has served in multiple combat deployments. His experience in command at the brigade level includes commanding the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, and the 194th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Jackson. He has also served in several national level positions serving as Deputy Chief of Engineers at the Pentagon. Holmes is a registered architect and currently resides in Rutherford County.

Ret. Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers, of Sumner County, currently serves as the Director of Recruiting and Retention for the Tennessee State Guard, the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department. In addition to her 28 years of military service with the Air Force and the Tennessee Air National Guard, Rogers also served three terms as a State Representative for the 45th district in the Tennessee General Assembly. In her time in the legislature, Rogers, who was a member of the Tennessee Legislative Veterans Caucus, developed a strong record of support for Tennessee’s veterans, including work on tax breaks for veterans who were 100% disabled.

On November 7, the transition unveiled a new website – The site includes detailed information about the Governor-elect’s policy priorities, a section where Tennesseans can submit their resumes to potentially join his team, and most importantly, a section where Tennesseans can share their ideas with the Governor-elect and his team.

7 Responses to Former Rep. Courtney Rogers to head Veterans Services in Lee administration

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    James White says:

    The good news here is that it is FORMER Representative Rodgers. She should Not have voted FOR An Article V Constitutional Convention.

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    This is a joke, right? There was no one else more qualified than Rogers?

    She voted to protect serial sexual harasser Jeremy Durham, has bankruptcy issues, and has made racially charged comments. What are you doing, Bill?

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    Daniel K. Lindsey says:

    She has never been a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard—- served in Active Air Force—is in Tennessee State Guard — not the Tennessee National Guard-Hundreds of more qualifed leaderss in Tennessee —from Tennessee —— leaders of Tennessee Veteran Organizatiins that serve many more Veterans in Tennessee than The Tennessee Department of Veteran Affairs. Could have done better. Just saying.

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    Representative Rogers is an excellent choice. She will be a great advocate for Veterans affairs.

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      Jason Wallflower says:

      Based on what? Rogers is a walking disaster and one of the worst reps Tennessee has ever had. What qualifies her to run a department? I am stunned that Bill Lee would appoint someone as controversial and inept as Rogers.

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        Misty Pardner says:

        Ditto. Interesting she is taking such a demanding appointment considering her reason for retiring from the House was to spend more time with her daughter and family.

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