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Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito became the first appointment in Gov. Mark Dayton's administration to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, after unanimous approval on the chamber's floor Thursday.

Senate approves Shellito as head of Veterans Affairs

Larry Shellito

Larry Shellito

Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito became the first appointment in Gov. Mark Dayton‘s administration to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, after unanimous approval on the chamber floor Thursday.

Shellito graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and spent time as president of the Alexandria Community and Technical College. He spent seven years as Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, before retiring last year. Shellito served in Vietnam and spent 37 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

“I can think of no better leader to serve Minnesota veterans than the one who led them in many of the challenges of the last several years,” Republican Sen. Ted Daley, a  Iraq War veteran, said before the voice vote.

Koch on Thursday would not give more details about when the Senate plans to take up Dayton’s other commissioner picks on the floor.

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