WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCBD) - Levelland native Ronny Jackson has been nominated as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Trump. Pending Senate approval, Jackson will replace Former VA Secretary David Shulkin.
Congressman Jodey Arrington offered his support for Jackson when he spoke with us on Thursday.
"To work alongside a fellow West Texas in that role, while I'm doing my job on the VA committee and as a chair of a subcommittee, I think we can accomplish a lot. From a Plainview Bulldog to a Levelland Lobo, I say congrats and let's go to work," Arrington said.
"Small town guys, they've been taught how to work, they've been taught how to treat people, and they don't need anybody to teach them to love their country and do the right thing. That's what West Texas is all about. I'm certain that's what Dr. Jackson stands for."
KCBD also caught up with Stephanie Smith, the South Plains College Alumni Coordinator.
"It's great to have someone to look up to and it's great to have someone who is such an amazing representation of West Texas, and of course, South Plains College," Smith said.
South Plains College is planning to honor Ronny Jackson with the distinguished alumni award in May, the college's most prestigious honor.