Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

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James Robert Redford was appointed to the cabinet-level position of Interim Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency by Governor Rick Snyder, effective February 22, 2016.

In September of 1984 Director Redford was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) student program by his brother who was then a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.  Following law school, he went on active duty.  After 5 years of active duty, he continued to serve an additional 23 years in the Navy Reserves.  His assignments included several Staff Judge Advocate tours, and 3 commanding officer assignments.  

In 2007, Director Redford was selected to serve as a judge of the Navy and Marine Corps trial judiciary.  He was made the Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary.  In 2009, his last assignment was a Legal and Legislative Affairs Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon.

In July 2012, James Redford transferred to retired status at the rank of Captain (O-6) with 28 years of combined active and reserve duty in the Navy. 

Prior to his appointment as MVAA’s Interim Director, he served as the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel, a Kent County Circuit Court Judge and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan. 

He is married to Dianne Redford, and has three children.


1982   John Carroll University, BSBA, Cleveland, Ohio
1985   The University of Detroit, School of Law, JD, Detroit, Michigan


Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (two awards)
The Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards)
The Navy Achievement Medal (two awards)
The National Defense Medal (two awards)
The Over Seas Service Ribbon
The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal