United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
|United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
Seal of the Department
Flag of the Secretary
|United States Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Reports to||President of the United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||38 U.S.C. § 303|
|Formation||March 15, 1989|
|First holder||Ed Derwinski|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level I|
The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department in charge of taking care of the affairs of war veterans. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at 17th in the line of succession to the presidency (the position was last until the United States Department of Homeland Security was added in 2006). To date, all appointees and acting appointees to the post have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement to fill the position.
When the position of Secretary is vacant, the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs or another person picked by the President serves as Acting Secretary until the President picks and the United States Senate confirms a new Secretary.
List of Secretaries of Veterans Affairs[change | change source]
|No.||Secretary||Term of office||President(s)|
|Portrait||Name||State of residence||Took office||Left office||Term length|
|1||Ed Derwinski||Illinois||March 15, 1989||September 26, 1992||3 years, 195 days||George H. W. Bush|
|California||September 26, 1992||January 20, 1993||116 days|
|2||Jesse Brown||Illinois||January 22, 1993||July 1, 1997||4 years, 160 days||Bill Clinton|
|–||Hershel W. Gober
|Arkansas||July 1, 1997||January 2, 1998||185 days|
|3||Togo D. West Jr.||District of Columbia||January 2, 1998||May 5, 1998||123 days|
|May 5, 1998||July 25, 2000||2 years, 81 days|
|–||Hershel W. Gober
|Arkansas||July 25, 2000||January 20, 2001||179 days|
|4||Anthony Principi||California||January 23, 2001||January 26, 2005||4 years, 3 days||George W. Bush|
|5||Jim Nicholson||Colorado||January 26, 2005||October 1, 2007||2 years, 248 days|
|–||Gordon H. Mansfield
|Florida||October 1, 2007||December 20, 2007||80 days|
|6||James Peake||District of Columbia||December 20, 2007||January 20, 2009||1 year, 31 days|
|7||Eric Shinseki||Hawaii||January 20, 2009||May 30, 2014||5 years, 130 days||Barack Obama|
|–||Sloan D. Gibson
|Alabama||May 30, 2014||July 30, 2014||61 days|
|8||Bob McDonald||Ohio||July 30, 2014||January 20, 2017||2 years, 174 days|
|West Virginia||January 20, 2017||February 14, 2017||25 days||Donald Trump|
|9||David Shulkin||Pennsylvania||February 14, 2017||March 28, 2018||1 year, 42 days|
|North Carolina||March 28, 2018||May 29, 2018||62 days|
|Virginia||May 29, 2018||July 30, 2018||62 days|
|10||Robert Wilkie||North Carolina||July 30, 2018||January 20, 2021||2 years, 174 days|
|January 20, 2021||February 9, 2021||20 days||Joe Biden|
|11||Denis McDonough||Minnesota||February 9, 2021||Incumbent||148 days|
Living former Secretaries of Veterans Affairs[change | change source]
- Edward Joseph Derwinski
- Anthony Joseph Principi
- Robert James Nicholson
- James Peake
- Robert A. McDonald
- Eric Shinseki
- David Shulkin
References[change | change source]
- Public Law 109-177§.503
- : Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Accessed 2008-01-13.
- Department of Veterans Affairs (July 25, 2000). "Gober Takes Over Top Spot at VA". Press release. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090713131352/http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=203. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
- White House (December 2, 1997). "President Clinton Names Togo D. West Jr. As Acting Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans' Affairs". Press release. Archived from the original on October 5, 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20061005221525/http://clinton6.nara.gov/1997/12/1997-12-02-togo-west-named-acting-secretary-at-veterans-affairs.html. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- Staff (May 1999). "The Honorable Togo D. West Jr". United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Archived from the original on March 4, 2000. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- UPI. Peake sworn in as VA secretary Archived February 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, December 20, 2007. Accessed December 21, 2007.