Alejandro Mayorkas

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Alejandro Mayorkas
Secretary Mayorkas Official Photo.jpg
7th United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed office
February 2, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyJohn Tien (nominee)
Preceded byKirstjen Nielsen
David Pekoske (acting)
6th United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
December 23, 2013 – October 28, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJane Holl Lute
Succeeded byElaine Duke
Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
In office
August 12, 2009 – December 23, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJonathan Scharfen (acting)
Succeeded byLori Scialabba (acting)
United States Attorney for the Central District of California
In office
December 21, 1998 – April 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byNora Margaret Manella[1]
Succeeded byDebra Wong Yang[2]
Personal details
Born
Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas

(1959-11-24) November 24, 1959 (age 61)
Havana, Cuba
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)

Alejandro N. Mayorkas (born November 24, 1959) is a Cuban-American lawyer and politician. Mayorkas is the 7th and current United States Secretary of Homeland Security since February 2, 2021 during the Joe Biden cabinet. He was the Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security from December 23, 2013 to October 31, 2016.[3]

On November 23, 2020, then President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he plans to nominate Mayorkas to be the next United States Secretary of Homeland Security.[4][5] In February 2021, Mayorkas was confirmed by the United States Senate on a 56-43 vote with many Republicans criticizing his nomination.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "PN19 - Nomination of Alejandro N. Mayorkas for Department of Justice, 106th Congress (1999-2000)". www.congress.gov. August 2, 1999. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. "PN1594 - Nomination of Debra W. Yang for Department of Justice, 107th Congress (2001-2002)". www.congress.gov. April 22, 2002. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  3. "Alejandro Mayorkas". June 27, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  4. "Biden Reveals Some Cabinet Picks". The Wall Street Journal. November 23, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. Crowley, Michael (November 23, 2020). "Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence, First Latino to Run Homeland Security". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  6. "Senate confirms Biden's DHS pick after GOP delay". www.thehill.com. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.