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Barbara Barrett
Barbara M. Barrett official photo.jpg
25th United States Secretary of the Air Force
Assumed office
October 18, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyMatthew Donovan
Preceded byHeather Wilson
United States Ambassador to Finland
In office
May 23, 2008 – January 16, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMarilyn Ware
Succeeded byMichael Butler
Personal details
Barbara McConnell

(1950-12-26) December 26, 1950 (age 70)
Indiana County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Craig Barrett
EducationArizona State University, Tempe (BA, MA, JD)

Barbara McConnell Barrett[1] (born December 26, 1950) is an American politician, businesswoman, and lawyer. She is the 25th and current United States Secretary of the Air Force since October 18, 2019.[2]

From May 23, 2008 through January 16, 2009, she was the United States Ambassador to Finland for the George W. Bush administration.

Barrett was former chair of the Aerospace Corporation and a member on the boards of California Institute of Technology,[3] Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RAND Corporation, Smithsonian Institution, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and Lasker Foundation.

On May 21, 2019, President Donald Trump announced he would nominate Barrett as Secretary of the Air Force.[4] Her nomination was confirmed with an 85-7 U.S. Senate vote on October 18, 2019.[5] She was sworn in October 18, 2019.