Patrick M. Shanahan

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Patrick M. Shanahan
Acting United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 1, 2019 – June 24, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyDavid Norquist (acting)
Preceded byJames Mattis
Succeeded byMark Esper (acting)
33rd United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
July 19, 2017 – January 1, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
SecretaryJim Mattis
Preceded byRobert O. Work
Succeeded byDavid Norquist (acting)
Personal details
Patrick Michael Shanahan

(1962-06-27) June 27, 1962 (age 61)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Washington (BS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, MBA)

Patrick Michael Shanahan (born June 27, 1962)[1] is an American politician and businessman. He was the acting United States Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration from January 1, 2019 to June 24, 2019.

On December 27, 2018, President Trump promoted him to Acting Secretary of Defense starting on January 1, 2019, replacing James Mattis.[2]

The White House announced on May 9, 2019, that Trump intended to nominate Shanahan as the Secretary of Defense.[3] That decision was reversed on June 18, 2019, when Shanahan said that he was withdrawing, and Trump announced that he would be making Mark Esper the acting U.S. Secretary of Defense.[4] Shanahan's last day in that position was June 24, 2019.

References[change | change source]

  1. Laviola, Erin (23 December 2018). "Patrick Shanahan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy, Inc. Retrieved 27 December 2018. Patrick Shanahan is 56 years old. (His birthday is June 27, 1962).
  2. Cooper, Helene; Rogers, Katie (23 December 2018). "Trump, Angry Over Mattis's Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. Sanders, Sarah (2019-05-09). "President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of". @PressSec. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. @realDonaldTrump (June 18, 2019). "....I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.