United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

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United States
Secretary of Health and Human Services
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Official Seal
Kathleen Sebelius official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Kathleen Sebelius

since April 28, 2009
Formation August 3, 1979
Succession Twelfth
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The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with health matters. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Chronological list[change | edit source]

No. Name Portrait Took Office Left Office President served under Notable for
1 Patricia Roberts Harris N/A August 3, 1979 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter The first Secretary of Health and Human Services and first African-American woman to hold a cabinet position
2 Richard Schultz Schweiker RichardSchweiker.jpg January 22, 1981 February 3, 1983 Ronald Reagan
3 Margaret Mary O'Shaughnessy Heckler Mmheckler.JPG March 9, 1983 December 13, 1985
4 Otis Ray Bowen Doc-bowen.jpg December 13, 1985 January 20, 1989 The first physician to become Secretary of Health and Human Services
5 Louis Wade Sullivan March 1, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
6 Donna Edna Shalala Shalala portrait.jpg January 22, 1993 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
7 Tommy George Thompson Tommy Thompson 1.jpg February 2, 2001 January 26, 2005 George W. Bush The first Secretary of Health and Human Services since the beginning of the War on Terrorism
8 Michael Okerlund Leavitt Mike Leavitt.jpg January 26, 2005 January 20, 2009
9 Kathleen Sebelius Kathleen Sebelius official portrait.jpg April 28, 2009 present Barack Obama