United States Secretary of Agriculture

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United States
Secretary of Agriculture
Seal of the United States Department of Agriculture.svg
Official Seal
Secretary Sonny Perdue official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Sonny Perdue

since April 25, 2017
Formation February 15, 1889
First holder Norman Jay Coleman
Succession Ninth
Website www.usda.gov

The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The position carries similar responsibilities to agriculture ministers of other governments.[1]

Secretaries of Agriculture[change | change source]

The following is a list of Secretaries of Agriculture, since the creation of the office in 1889.[2]

Parties

      Democratic (13)       Republican (18)

No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 NJColman.jpg Norman J. Coleman Missouri February 15, 1889 March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
2 Jeremiah McLain Rusk - Brady-Handy.jpg Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsin March 6, 1889 March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 J. Sterling Morton, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.jpg J. Sterling Morton Nebraska March 7, 1893 March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 James Wilson(U.S. politician)-seated.jpg James Wilson Iowa March 5, 1897 March 3, 1913 William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
5 DFHouston.jpg David F. Houston Missouri March 6, 1913 February 2, 1920
6 E.T. Meredith, ggbain.16011u.jpg Edwin T. Meredith Iowa February 2, 1920 March 4, 1921
7 Henry Cantwell Wallace.jpg Henry C. Wallace Iowa March 5, 1921 October 25, 1924 Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
8 Howard Mason Gore.jpg Howard M. Gore West Virginia November 22, 1924 March 4, 1925
9 W.M. Jardine.jpg William M. Jardine Kansas March 5, 1925 March 4, 1929
10 Arthur M. Hyde.jpg Arthur M. Hyde Missouri March 6, 1929 March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
11 Henry-A.-Wallace-Townsend.jpeg Henry A. Wallace Iowa March 4, 1933 September 4, 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt
12 CRW2.jpg Claude R. Wickard Indiana September 5, 1940 June 29, 1945
Harry S. Truman
13 Clinton P. Anderson, 13th Secretary of Agriculture, June 1945 - May 1948. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg Clinton P. Anderson New Mexico June 30, 1945 May 10, 1948
14 Charles F. Brannan.jpg Charles F. Brannan Colorado June 2, 1948 January 20, 1953
15 Ezra Taft Benson - USDA portrait.gif Ezra Taft Benson Utah January 21, 1953 January 20, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
16 Orville L. Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture (1961-1969).jpg Orville Freeman Minnesota January 21, 1961 January 20, 1969 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
17 Clifford Morris Hardin - USDA portrait.png Clifford M. Hardin Nebraska January 21, 1969 November 17, 1971 Richard Nixon
18 Earl Lauer Butz - USDA portrait.png Earl Butz Indiana December 2, 1971 October 4, 1976
Gerald Ford
19 John Albert Knebel - USDA portrait.png John A. Knebel Oklahoma November 4, 1976 January 20, 1977
20 Robert Bergland - USDA portrait.jpg Robert Bergland Minnesota January 23, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
21 John Block.jpg John R. Block Illinois January 23, 1981 February 14, 1986 Ronald Reagan
22 Richard E. Lyng, 22nd Secretary of Agriculture, March 1986 - January 1989. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg Richard E. Lyng California March 7, 1986 January 21, 1989
23 Clayton Yeutter, 23rd Secretary of Agriculture, February 1989 - March 1991..jpg Clayton K. Yeutter Nebraska February 16, 1989 March 1, 1991 George H. W. Bush
24 Edward R. Madigan, 24th Secretary of Agriculture, March 1991 - January 1993. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg Edward R. Madigan Illinois March 8, 1991 January 20, 1993
25 Mike Espy.jpg Mike Espy Mississippi January 22, 1993 December 31, 1994 Bill Clinton
26 Dan glickman.jpg Dan Glickman Kansas March 30, 1995 January 20, 2001
27 Ann Veneman.jpg Ann Veneman California January 20, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
28 Mike Johanns.jpg Mike Johanns Nebraska January 21, 2005 September 20, 2007
29 SchaferEd-official.jpg Ed Schafer North Dakota January 28, 2008 January 20, 2009
30 Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg Tom Vilsack Iowa January 20, 2009 January 13, 2017 Barack Obama
Michael T. Scuse official portrait.JPG Michael Scuse
Acting
Delaware January 13, 2017 January 20, 2017
No image.svg Mike Young
Acting
January 20, 2017 April 25, 2017 Donald Trump
31 Secretary Sonny Perdue official photo.jpg Sonny Perdue Georgia April 25, 2017 Incumbent

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