BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A day after he announced he wouldn't seek re-election next year, U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander already has a new job, leading the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

An official close to Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration told The Associated Press the Republican governor planned to name Alexander as the new veterans affairs secretary Wednesday afternoon in Monroe.

The person had direct knowledge of the appointment, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the public announcement had not yet been made.

Alexander, a Republican from Quitman, is the longest-serving U.S. House member from Louisiana, winning the 5th District seat in 2002. He blamed partisan gridlock Tuesday for his decision to leave Congress, rather than running for re-election in 2014.

It wasn't immediately clear when Alexander would take the job as veterans affairs secretary. If Alexander resigns from Congress before the end of his term, a special election would be called to fill his seat.

Jindal's first veterans affairs secretary, Lane Carson, retired at the end of 2012 after four years in the job. Carson's deputy, David LaCerte, has been serving as interim secretary with a salary of $130,000 a year.

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