DVS Commissioner John Newby
John L. Newby II serves as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. In this senior executive role Mr. Newby leads an 800-member Agency located across more than 40 Virginia locations, delivering employment, education, benefits, behavioral health and long term health care services to Virginia’s Reservists, Guardsmen, transitioning service members and 725,000+ veterans.
Son of a retired Army Sergeant Major from Isle of Wight County, Commissioner Newby previously commanded an Air Force special operations forward air control unit supporting the U.S. Army’s 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne), and served in Iraq as an aviator aboard the Boeing B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. Following his military service, Commissioner Newby practiced law at private sector law firms and an international defense contractor. Former Governor Terrence R. McAuliffe appointed Mr. Newby to his current position in October 2014, and he now proudly executes the Commowealth’s mission to make Virginia the most military and veteran friendly state in the Nation.
Commissioner Newby received his commission and Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.