United States Secretary of Homeland Security

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United States
Secretary of Homeland Security
Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.svg
Official Seal
Elaine Duke.jpg
Incumbent
Elaine Duke
(Acting)
since July 31, 2017
Formation January 24, 2003
First holder Tom Ridge
Succession Eighteenth
Website www.dhs.gov

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]

No. Picture Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 Tom Ridge Tom Ridge Pennsylvania January 24, 2003 February 1, 2005 George W. Bush
Acting James Loy James M. Loy Pennsylvania February 2, 2005 February 15, 2005
2 Michael Chertoff, official DHS photo portrait, 2007.jpg Michael Chertoff New Jersey February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009
3 Janet Napolitano official portrait.jpg Janet Napolitano Arizona January 21, 2009 September 6, 2013 Barack Obama
Acting Rand Beers Rand Beers District of Columbia September 6, 2013 December 16, 2013
4 Jeh Johnson official portrait.jpg Jeh Johnson New York December 16, 2013 January 20, 2017
5 John Kelly official DHS portrait.jpg John F. Kelly Massachusetts January 20, 2017 July 31, 2017 Donald Trump
Acting Elaine Duke Elaine Duke Virginia July 31, 2017 Present
Nominee Kirstjen Nielsen1.jpg Kirstjen Nielsen Florida

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