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Richard Spencer
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76th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
August 3, 2017 – November 24, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyThomas Modly
Preceded byRay Mabus
Succeeded byKenneth Braithwaite
Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
July 23, 2019 – July 31, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDavid Norquist (acting)
Succeeded byDavid Norquist
Acting United States Secretary of Defense
In office
July 15, 2019 – July 23, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyDavid Norquist (acting)
Preceded byMark Esper (acting)
Succeeded byMark Esper
Personal details
Born (1954-01-18) January 18, 1954 (age 67)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationRollins College (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1976–1981
RankUS Marine O3 shoulderboard.svg Captain
*Thomas Modly served in an acting capacity from July 15, 2019 – July 31, 2019 while Spencer served as Acting Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary.

Richard Vaughn Spencer (born January 18, 1954) is an American politician and businessman. He was the 76th United States Secretary of the Navy from August 3, 2017 through November 24, 2019. He became the Acting United States Secretary of Defense on July 15, 2019.[1]

He was a former Naval Aviator of U.S. Marine Corps serving from 1976-1981 and Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. serving from November 2001 to January 2008.[2]

President Donald Trump nominated Spencer for Secretary of the Navy in April 2017.[3][4] He was confirmed by the United States Senate with a voice vote on August 1, 2017.

On November 24, 2019, he was fired by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper over his handling of the Eddie Gallagher case.[5]


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