United States Secretary of Homeland Security
|United States Secretary of Homeland Security|
Seal of the Department of Homeland Security
Flag of the Secretary of Homeland Security
|United States Department of Homeland Security|
Homeland Security Council
National Security Council
|Reports to||President of the United States|
|Seat||Nebraska Avenue Complex,|
|Appointer||President of the United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||6 U.S.C. § 112|
|Formation||January 24, 2003|
|First holder||Tom Ridge|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DSHS)|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, Level I|
The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
List of Secretaries of Homeland Security[change | change source]
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Denotes
|No.||Secretary of Homeland Security||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Party||State of residence||President|
|January 24, 2003||February 1, 2005||2 years, 8 days||Republican||Pennsylvania||George W. Bush (Rep)|
|February 1, 2005||February 15, 2005||14 days||Independent||Pennsylvania||George W. Bush (Rep)|
|February 15, 2005||January 21, 2009||3 years, 341 days||Republican||New Jersey||George W. Bush (Rep)|
|January 21, 2009||September 6, 2013||4 years, 228 days||Democratic||Arizona||Barack Obama (Dem)|
|September 6, 2013||December 23, 2013||101 days||Democratic||District of Columbia||Barack Obama (Dem)|
|December 23, 2013||January 20, 2017||3 years, 28 days||Democratic||New Jersey||Barack Obama (Dem)|
|5||John F. Kelly|
|January 20, 2017||July 31, 2017||192 days||Independent||Massachusetts||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|July 31, 2017||December 6, 2017||128 days||Republican||Ohio||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|December 6, 2017||April 10, 2019||1 year, 125 days||Republican||Florida||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|April 11, 2019||November 13, 2019||216 days||Independent||Hawaii||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|November 13, 2019||January 11, 2021||1 year, 59 days||Republican||Virginia||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|January 12, 2021||January 20, 2021||8 days||Independent||New Jersey||Donald Trump (Rep)|
|January 20, 2021||February 2, 2021||13 days||Independent||Joe Biden (Dem)|
|February 2, 2021||Incumbent||Democratic||Washington, D.C.||Joe Biden (Dem)|
a James Loy served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
b Rand Beers served as acting secretary in his capacity as confirmed Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs and Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Beers was the highest ranking Senate-approved presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security.
c Elaine Duke served as acting secretary in her capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
e Chad Wolf served as acting secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans. His tenure was ruled unlawful.
f Peter Gaynor served as acting secretary in his capacity as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator.
g David Pekoske served as acting secretary in his capacity as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration
References[change | change source]
- "3 U.S. Code § 19 – Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act". LII / Legal Information Institute.