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Mark Esper
Dr. Mark T. Esper – Secretary of Defense.jpg
27th United States Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
July 23, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRichard V. Spencer (acting)
David Norquist
Preceded byJames Mattis
In office
Acting: June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyDavid Norquist (acting)
Preceded byPatrick M. Shanahan (acting)
Succeeded byRichard V. Spencer (acting)
23rd United States Secretary of the Army
In office
November 20, 2017 – July 23, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRyan McCarthy
Preceded byRyan McCarthy (acting)
Succeeded byRyan McCarthy
Personal details
Mark Thomas Esper

April 26, 1964 (1964-04-26) (age 56)
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Leah Lacy (1989–present)
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (MPA)
George Washington University (PhD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1986–2007
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
UnitCombat service identification badge of the 101st Airborne Division.png 101st Airborne Division
Vaguard.png Virginia Army National Guard
JFHQ-DC National Guard Emblem.png D.C. Army National Guard
 U.S. Army Reserve
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsLegion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
US DoD Distinguished Public Service Award BAR.svg DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service
* McCarthy served in an acting capacity from June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019, while Esper served as acting secretary of defense.

Mark Thomas Esper (born April 26, 1964) is an American lobbyist and former government administrator for the United States Department of Defense. Esper is the 27th and current United States Secretary of Defense since July 2019. He was the 23rd United States Secretary of the Army from November 2017 until July 2019. He served as Vice President of government relations at Raytheon.[1]

Esper studied at United States Military Academy, Harvard University and at George Washington University.

On July 19, 2017, it was announced that President Donald Trump had the intention of nominating Esper to become U.S. Secretary of the Army.[2] He is Trump's third nominee for the position, following the withdrawals of Vincent Viola and Mark E. Green.[3] He was confirmed by the Senate on November 15, 2017. He resigned on June 24, 2019 to become acting Defense Secretary.

President Donald Trump announced on June 18, 2019, that Esper would become acting Secretary of Defense.[4] Three days later, Trump nominated Esper to serve the job full time.[5] On July 23, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 90–8.[6]


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