United States Secretary of Energy

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United States Secretary of Energy
Seal of the United States Department of Energy.svg
Official Seal
Secretary Rick Perry (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Rick Perry

since March 2, 2017
Formation August 6, 1977
First holder James R. Schlesinger
Succession Fifteenth
Website www.doe.gov

The United States Secretary of Energy is the head of the United States Department of Energy, a member of the President's Cabinet, and fifteenth in the Presidential line of succession. The post was created with the formation of the Department of Energy on October 1, 1977 by President Jimmy Carter's signing of the Department of Energy Organization Act.[1] The position was originally developed to focus on energy production and regulation. During the 1980s, the emphasis shifted to development of technology for better, more efficient energy sources as well as education regarding energy. As the Cold War ended, the department's efforts were more often devoted to nuclear waste disposal and maintenance of environmental quality.[2]

List of Secretaries of Energy[change | change source]

The first Secretary of Energy, James Schlesinger
Hazel O'Leary, the first woman and African-American to hold the position
Spencer Abraham, Secretary from 2001 to 2005
Parties

      Democratic (6)       Republican (8)

No. Portrait Name State of residence Took office Left office Party President(s)
1 James Schlesinger official DoD photo.jpg Schlesinger, James R.James R. Schlesinger Virginia 01977-08-06 August 6 1977 01979-08-23 August 23 1979 Republican Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter
2 Secretary duncan.jpg Duncan, Jr., Charles W.Charles W. Duncan, Jr. Texas 01979-08-24 August 24 1979 01981-01-20 January 20 1981 Democratic
3 James B. Edwards.jpg Edwards, James B.James B. Edwards South Carolina 01981-01-23 January 23 1981 01982-11-05 November 5 1982 Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
4 Donald hodel.JPG Hodel, Donald P.Donald P. Hodel Oregon 01982-11-05 November 5 1982 01985-02-07 February 7 1985 Republican
5 John S. Herrington.jpg Herrington, John S.John S. Herrington California 01985-02-07 February 7 1985 01989-01-20 January 20 1989 Republican
6 Admiral James Watkins, official military photo.JPEG Watkins, James D.James D. Watkins California 01989-03-01 March 1 1989 01993-01-20 January 20 1993 Republican Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush
7 Hazel O'Leary.jpg O'Leary, Hazel R.Hazel R. O'Leary Virginia 01993-01-22 January 22 1993 01997-01-20 January 20 1997 Democratic Clinton, BillBill Clinton
8 Federico pena energy.jpg Peña, Federico F.Federico F. Peña Colorado 01997-03-12 March 12 1997 01998-06-30 June 30 1998 Democratic
9 Bill Richardson, official DOE photo.png Richardson, William B.William B. Richardson New Mexico 01998-08-18 August 18 1998 02001-01-20 January 20 2001 Democratic
10 Spencer Abraham.jpg Abraham, SpencerSpencer Abraham Michigan 02001-01-20 January 20 2001 02005-02-01 February 1 2005 Republican Bush, George W.George W. Bush
11 Samuel Bodman.jpg Bodman, SamuelSamuel Bodman Illinois 02005-02-01 February 1 2005 02009-01-20 January 20 2009 Republican
12 Steven Chu official DOE portrait.jpg Chu, StevenSteven Chu California 02009-01-20 January 20 2009 02013-04-22 April 22 2013 Democratic Obama, BarackBarack Obama
13 Moniz official portrait standing.jpg Moniz, ErnestErnest Moniz Massachusetts 02013-05-21 May 21 2013 02017-01-20 January 20 2017 Democratic
Grace Bochenek.jpg Grace Bochenek
Acting
02017-01-20 January 20 2017 March 2, 2017 Democratic Donald Trump
14 Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015 Blue.jpg Perry, RickRick Perry Texas March 2, 2017 Present Republican

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