Top 25 Minority Leaders
U.S. Veterans Affairs Department
Shinseki, a retired four-star U.S. Army general, was sworn in as the seventh secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department in January 2009. The VA operates the country's largest integrated healthcare system of 135 hospitals as well as hundreds of clinics, community living centers, counseling centers and other facilities that serve nearly 9 million veterans each year. Before retiring from active duty in 2003, Shinseki served as the Army's chief of staff, leading the military branch during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom following the Sept. 11 attacks.