Of all the many positions and jobs he has held in the national spotlight, local resident Jim Endicott told Heights Kiwanis Club members about his nomination as general counsel for what is now called the Department of Veterans Affairs on March 25.
In 1990, when Endicott was serving as a Texas judge, he received a call from a friend who asked if he knew he was being considered as general counsel.
“I thought it was sort of a joke, but I made about three trips to Washington, D.C., and talked with several people about it,” he recounted. “I honestly didn’t think it was ever gonna get done.”
Endicott said the way he found about it was reading about it in the Killeen Daily Herald.
“There was a notice in our local paper stating that President Bush had expressed his intent to nominate me for general counsel of the VA,” he said.
About four weeks later, eight suburbans full of FBI agents showed up at his house and canvassed the nearby neighborhood.
While in office, Endicott received some advice from former Congressman Chet Edwards.
“He said, ‘Jim, if there’s something in your office that you have authority over, you’re the most important person in D.C.,’” he said.
“I wouldn’t trade those two years of experiences at the VA in Washington. I saw it all, including how the U.S. government operates to working in a presidential campaign.”
Endicott served in the U.S. Army for 22 years.
He was a liaison to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s inauguration, and has been a city and Texas judge, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission, past president of the Association of the U.S. Army.
Endicott also seved on the board of the National Military Officers of America for six years.