He and other national officers of the nationwide veterans’ organization were selected July 24 at the national VFW convention in Reno.
In his new position, Norris will be responsible for overseeing compliance with bylaws and regulations of the national VFW.
Before taking his new post, he was the national VFW’s chief of staff last year and national chaplain in 2003-04.
Norris served in the Army from 1966 to 1971, including in Vietnam.
He joined the VFW in 1968 in Okinawa. A former member of Tracy Post 1543, he is now a gold life member in Post 52 in Stockton.
He served as California VFW commander in 2007.
A native of West Virginia who grew up in California, Norris, 64, received an Associate of Arts degree in business from Northwest Missouri State University and an associate degree in paralegal studies from De Anza College in 2001.
He moved to Tracy 28 years ago and is employed by Texas-based TIFCO Industries, which distributes maintenance materials to industries.
In addition to his activities with the VFW, Norris is a life member of the American Legion. He is a former exalted ruler of the Tracy Elks Lodge and a onetime member of the Tracy Planning Commission. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Tracy.