R. James "Jim" Nicholson
Robert James "Jim" Nicholson announced on July 17, 2007, that he is resigning as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs effective October 1, 2007. Nicholson "said in a statement that he plans to return to the private sector but has not lined up a new job.".
Jim Nicholson, of Colorado, was appointed December 9, 2004, by President George W. Bush to be Veterans Affairs Secretary. His nomination was sent to the U.S. Senate January 4, 2005. Nicholson was unanimously confirmed January 26, 2005, and was sworn into office on February 1, 2005. 
Nicholson replaced Anthony J. Principi as Secretary.
"Prior to his nomination, Mr. Nicholson served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, a position he held since 2001, where he became a well-known advocate in Rome for the elevation of human dignity, giving special emphasis to human trafficking, religious freedom, starvation and bio-tech food, HIVAIDS, and international terrorism. He was knighted by Pope John Paul II in October 2003 for this work representing the U.S. to the Vatican," according to his White House profile.
"Mr. Nicholson was born in 1938 and grew up on a tenant farm in northwest Iowa in a family of seven children. He is a 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He served eight years on active duty as a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified Army officer, then 22 years in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel. While serving in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals.
"Mr. Nicholson earned a master's degree from Columbia University in New York, and a law degree from the University of Denver. He practiced law in Denver, specializing in real estate, municipal finance and zoning law. In 1978 he founded Nicholson Enterprises, Inc., a developer of planned residential communities, and in 1987 he bought Renaissance Homes, which became an award-winning builder of quality custom homes.
"In January 1986, Mr. Nicholson was elected committeeman from Colorado for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 1993 he was elected vice-chairman of the RNC, and in January 1997, he was elected chairman of the RNC, where he served for four years, through the elections of 2000." 
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- Christopher Lee, "Secretary of Veterans Affairs Resigns," Washington Post, July 17, 2007.
- VA Official Biography and U.S. Department of State Biography for R. James "Jim" Nicholson.
- George W. Bush's Cabinet: Jim Nicholson, OpenSecrets.org.
- "Profile: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson," ABC News.
- Jim Nicholson (U.S. politician) in the Wikipedia.
- Johanna Neumann, "Veterans Chief Is Grilled Over Stolen Data," Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2006.