United States Secretary of Transportation

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United States Secretary of Transportation
Seal of the Department
Flag of the Secretary
Pete Buttigieg

since February 2, 2021
United States Department of Transportation
StyleMr. Secretary
The Honorable
Member ofCabinet
Reports toPresident of the United States
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument49 U.S.C. § 102
FormationOctober 15, 1966
(57 years ago)
First holderAlan Stephenson Boyd
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Transportation
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level I

The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Secretaries of Transportation[change | change source]


  Democratic (8)   Republican (11)


  Denotes acting Secretary of Transportation

No. Image Name State of residence Took office Left office President
serving under
1 Black-and-white photo of a balding man in a suit and striped tie Alan S. Boyd Florida January 16, 1967 January 20, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Black-and-white photo of man in a suit and black tie John A. Volpe Massachusetts January 22, 1969 February 2, 1973 Richard M. Nixon
3 Color photo of a bald man wearing glasses and a suit with a striped tie Claude S. Brinegar California February 2, 1973 February 1, 1975
Gerald R. Ford
4 Black-and-white photo of an African American man in a suit wearing glasses looking to his left William T. Coleman, Jr. Pennsylvania March 7, 1975 January 20, 1977
5 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit smiling Brock Adams Washington January 23, 1977 July 20, 1979 Jimmy Carter
6 Black-and-white photo of a man with a wide smile and short curly hair wearing a light-colored suit Neil E. Goldschmidt Oregon August 15, 1979 January 20, 1981
7 Black-and-white photo of a man wearing a suit sitting at a desk with his hands folded on it and the DOT logo and US flag behind him Drew Lewis Pennsylvania January 23, 1981 February 1, 1983 Ronald Reagan
8 Smiling woman wearing earrings and a red shirt Elizabeth H. Dole Kansas February 7, 1983 September 30, 1987
9 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit and combed-over hair with the US flag behind him James H. Burnley IV North Carolina December 3, 1987 January 20, 1989
10 Smiling man with thinning hair wearing a suit and a blue tie with the US flag behind him Samuel K. Skinner Illinois February 6, 1989 December 13, 1991 George H. W. Bush
11 Smiling man wearing a suit and a red tie Andrew H. Card Massachusetts February 24, 1992 January 20, 1993
12 Hispanic man with large glasses and black hair with the US flag behind him Federico Peña Colorado January 21, 1993 February 14, 1997 Bill Clinton
13 African American man with short hair and a short mustache Rodney E. Slater Arkansas February 14, 1997 January 20, 2001
14 Older Japanese American man with glasses wearing a suit with a red tie with the US flag behind him Norman Y. Mineta California January 25, 2001 August 7, 2006 George W. Bush
15 Woman with long brown hair with the US flag behind hier Mary E. Peters Arizona October 17, 2006 January 20, 2009
16 Ray H. LaHood Illinois January 23, 2009 July 2, 2013 Barack Obama
17 Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte NC Anthony R. Foxx North Carolina July 2, 2013 January 20, 2017
Michael Huerta
California January 20, 2017 January 31, 2017 Donald Trump
18 Elaine Chao Kentucky January 31, 2017 January 11, 2021
Steven G. Bradbury
Oregon January 12, 2021 January 20, 2021
Lana Hurdle
Virginia January 20, 2021 February 2, 2021 Joe Biden
19 Pete Buttigieg Indiana February 2, 2021 Incumbent

References[change | change source]

  1. 3 U.S.C. § 19: Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act.