United States Secretary of Commerce

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United States
Secretary of of Commerce
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Official Seal
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Incumbent
Penny Pritzker

since June 26, 2013
Formation March 15, 1913
First holder William Cox Redfield
Succession Tenth
Website www.commerce.gov

The United States Secretary of Commerce is the head of the United States Department of Commerce concerned with business and industry; the Department states its mission to be "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce."[1] Until 1913 there was one Secretary of Commerce and Labor, uniting this department with the Department of Labor, which is now headed by a separate Secretary of Labor.[2]

List of Secretaries of Commerce[3][change | change source]

No. Picture Secretary Start of Term End of Term President(s)
1
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William Cox Redfield March 5, 1913 October 31, 1919 Woodrow Wilson
2
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Joshua Willis Alexander December 16, 1919 March 4, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
3
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Herbert Clark Hoover March 5, 1921 August 21, 1928 Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge
4
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William Fairfield Whiting August 22, 1928 March 4, 1929 Calvin Coolidge
5
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Robert Patterson Lamont March 5, 1929 August 7, 1932 Herbert Hoover
6
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Roy Dikeman Chapin August 8, 1932 March 3, 1933 Herbert Hoover
7
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Daniel Calhoun Roper March 4, 1933 December 23, 1938 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
8
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Harry Lloyd Hopkins December 24, 1938 September 18, 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
9
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Jesse Holman Jones September 19, 1940 March 1, 1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
10
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Henry Agard Wallace March 2, 1945 September 20, 1946 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman
11
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William Averell Harriman October 7, 1946 April 22, 1948 Harry S. Truman
12
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Charles W. Sawyer May 6, 1948 January 20, 1953 Harry S. Truman
13
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Charles Sinclair Weeks January 21, 1953 November 10, 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (Acting Secretary) 1958 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
14
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Frederick Henry Mueller August 10, 1959 January 19, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
15
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Luther Hartwell Hodges January 21, 1961 January 15, 1965 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson
16
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John Thomas Connor January 18, 1965 January 31, 1967 Lyndon Johnson
17
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Alexander Buel Trowbridge June 14, 1967 March 1, 1968 Lyndon Johnson
18
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Cyrus Rowlett Smith March 6, 1968 January 19, 1969 Lyndon Johnson
19
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Maurice Hubert Stans January 21, 1969 February 15, 1972 Richard Nixon
20
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Peter George Peterson February 29, 1972 February 1, 1973 Richard Nixon
21
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Frederick Baily Dent February 2, 1973 March 26, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
22
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Rogers Clark Ballard Morton May 1, 1975 February 2, 1976 Gerald Ford
23
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Elliot Lee Richardson February 2, 1976 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
24
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Juanita Morris Kreps January 23, 1977 October 31, 1979 Jimmy Carter
25
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Philip Morris Klutznick January 9, 1980 January 19, 1981 Jimmy Carter
26
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Howard Malcolm Baldrige, Jr. January 20, 1981 July 25, 1987 Ronald Reagan
27
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Calvin William Verity, Jr. October 19, 1987 January 30, 1989 Ronald Reagan
28
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Robert Adam Mosbacher January 31, 1989 January 15, 1992 George H. W. Bush
29
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Barbara Hackman Franklin February 27, 1992 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
30
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Ronald Harmon Brown January 22, 1993 April 3, 1996 Bill Clinton
31
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Michael Kantor April 12, 1996 January 21, 1997 Bill Clinton
32
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William Michael Daley January 30, 1997 July 19, 2000 Bill Clinton
33
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Norman Yoshio Mineta July 21, 2000 January 19, 2001 Bill Clinton
34
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Donald Louis Evans January 20, 2001 February 7, 2005 George W. Bush
35
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Carlos Miguel Gutierrez February 7, 2005 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
36
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Gary Locke March 26, 2009 August 1, 2011 Barack Obama
Acting
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Rebecca Blank August 1, 2011 October 21, 2011 Barack Obama
37
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John Bryson October 21, 2011 June 11, 2012 Barack Obama
Acting
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Rebecca Blank June 11, 2012 June 1, 2013 Barack Obama
Acting
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Cameron Kerry June 1, 2013 June 26, 2013 Barack Obama
38
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Penny Pritzker June 26, 2013 present Barack Obama

Footnote: Under Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges Jr served as Interim Secretary of Commerce October 31, 1979 to January 9, 1980.
From 25 July 1987 to 19 October 1987, Clarence J. Brown Jr. was Acting Secretary of Commerce.

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