WASHINGTON — Robert McDonald, President Obama’s pick to lead the tarnished Department of Veterans Affairs, was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the Senate.

McDonald, former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and a West Point graduate, is the eighth VA secretary nominee to be unanimously approved by the Senate since the position was created in 1989.

McDonald comes from a military family and served five years in the Army, rising to the rank of captain in the 82nd Airborne Division.

McDonald also spent 33 years at P&G, experience many senators say will be a boon for leading the vast bureaucracy and restoring accountability.