Premier Colin Barnett announced five new additions to the front bench last Tuesday, with Mr Francis becoming Minister for Emergency Services, Corrective Services and the new portfolio of Veterans.
Mr Francis said he was excited about his new roles but made it clear his electorate would always come first.
‘My electorate will always be my first priority,’ he said.
‘But I’m excited and humbled to be the first in WA to have a chance to look after the issues of veterans.
‘My father is an 80-year-old Vietnam veteran and with my history with the Australian Navy, I’m very familiar with the issues faced.’
Mr Francis’ step up to Emergency Services Minister was welcomed by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB).
‘His military experience gives him an awareness of the importance of clear chains of command during critical events and that rigidity will be balanced by his personal understanding of the unique motives and needs of those who put their lives on the line as volunteers,’ AVBFB president Terry Hunter said.