United States Deputy Secretary of State

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Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America
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Incumbent
Wendy Sherman

since April 14, 2021
Department of State
Reports toThe United States Secretary of State
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
FormationJuly 13, 1972
First holderJohn N. Irwin II
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level 2
WebsiteOfficial website

The Deputy Secretary of State of the United States is the chief assistant to the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State resigns or dies, the Deputy Secretary of State becomes Acting Secretary of State until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a replacement. The position was created in 1972.

List of deputy secretaries of state[change | change source]

# Portrait Name Term began Term ended President(s) served under
1 John N. Irwin, II.jpg John N. Irwin II July 13, 1972 February 1, 1973 Richard Nixon
2 Kenneth-Rush-1977.jpg Kenneth Rush February 2, 1973 May 29, 1974
3 Robert S. Ingersoll.jpg Robert S. Ingersoll July 10, 1974 March 31, 1976
Gerald Ford
4 Charles W. Robinson.JPG Charles W. Robinson April 9, 1976 January 20, 1977
5 Warren Christopher.jpg Warren Christopher February 26, 1977 January 16, 1981 Jimmy Carter
6 William patrick clark.png William P. Clark Jr. February 25, 1981 February 9, 1982 Ronald Reagan
7 Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.jpg Walter J. Stoessel Jr. February 11, 1982 September 22, 1982
8 Kenneth Dam.jpg Kenneth W. Dam September 23, 1982 June 15, 1985
9 John C Whitehead.png John C. Whitehead July 9, 1985 January 20, 1989
10 Lawrence Eagleburger.jpg Lawrence Eagleburger January 20, 1989 December 8, 1992 George H. W. Bush
11 CRW JR 1987.JPG Clifton R. Wharton Jr. January 27, 1993 November 8, 1993 Bill Clinton
12 StrobeTalbott.jpg Strobe Talbott February 22, 1994 January 19, 2001
13 Richard L. Armitage.jpeg Richard Armitage March 26, 2001 February 22, 2005 George W. Bush
14 Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick February 22, 2005 July 7, 2006
15 John Negroponte official portrait State.jpg John Negroponte February 13, 2007 January 28, 2009
16A Jim Steinberg.jpg James Steinberg January 28, 2009 July 28, 2011 Barack Obama
16B Jacob Lew official portrait.jpg Jack Lew January 28, 2009 November 18, 2010
17B ThomasNides 200 1.jpg Thomas R. Nides January 3, 2011 December 19, 2013
17A AmbassadorBurns.jpg William J. Burns July 28, 2011 November 3, 2014
18B Official Heather Higginbottom Photo.png Heather Higginbottom December 20, 2013 January 20, 2017
Wendy R. Sherman.jpg Wendy Sherman
Acting
November 3, 2014 January 9, 2015
18A Antony Blinken.jpg Antony Blinken January 9, 2015 January 20, 2017
Ambassador Thomas Shannon.jpg Thomas A. Shannon Jr.
Acting
February 1, 2017 May 24, 2017 Donald Trump
19 John J Sullivan.jpg John J. Sullivan May 24, 2017 December 20, 2019
20 Stephen E. Biegun official photo.jpg Stephen Biegun December 21, 2019 January 20, 2021
21A Deputy Secretary Sherman's Official Photo (51142275093).jpg Wendy Sherman April 14, 2021 Present Joe Biden