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United States Secretary of Homeland Security
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Incumbent
Alejandro Mayorkas

since February 2, 2021
United States Department of Homeland Security
StyleMr. Secretary
(informal)
The Honorable
(formal)
Member ofCabinet
Homeland Security Council
National Security Council
Reports toPresident of the United States
SeatNebraska Avenue Complex,
Washington, D.C.
AppointerPresident of the United States
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument6 U.S.C. § 112
FormationJanuary 24, 2003
(18 years ago)
 (2003-01-24)
First holderTom Ridge
SuccessionEighteenth[1]
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DSHS)
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level I
Websitewww.dhs.gov

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

List of Secretaries of Homeland Security

Parties

      Republican (5)       Democratic (3)       Independent (4)

Status

      Denotes Acting Homeland Security Secretary

No. Secretary of Homeland Security Took office Left office Time in office Party State of residence President
1
[[File:|75pxpx|Tom Ridge]]
Ridge, TomTom Ridge
(born 1945)
January 24, 2003February 1, 2005&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 daysRepublicanPennsylvaniaBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|James Loy[a]]]
Loy, JamesJames Loy[a]
(born 1942)
Acting
February 1, 2005February 15, 2005&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 daysIndependentPennsylvaniaBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
2
[[File:|75pxpx|Michael Chertoff]]
Chertoff, MichaelMichael Chertoff
(born 1953)
February 15, 2005January 21, 2009&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0341.&&&&&0341 daysRepublicanNew JerseyBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
3
[[File:|75pxpx|Janet Napolitano]]
Napolitano, JanetJanet Napolitano
(born 1957)
January 21, 2009September 6, 2013&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0228.&&&&&0228 daysDemocratArizonaObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
[[File:|75pxpx|Rand Beers[b]]]
Beers, RandRand Beers[b]
(born 1942)
Acting
September 6, 2013December 23, 2013&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0101.&&&&&0101 daysDemocratDistrict of ColumbiaObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
4
[[File:|75pxpx|Jeh Johnson]]
Johnson, JehJeh Johnson
(born 1957)
December 23, 2013January 20, 2017&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 daysDemocratNew JerseyObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
5
[[File:|75pxpx|John F. Kelly]]
Kelly, JohnJohn F. Kelly
(born 1950)
January 20, 2017July 31, 2017&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0192.&&&&&0192 daysIndependentMassachusettsTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|Elaine Duke[c]]]
Duke, ElaineElaine Duke[c]
(born 1958)
Acting
July 31, 2017December 6, 2017&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0128.&&&&&0128 daysRepublicanOhioTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
6
[[File:|75pxpx|Kirstjen Nielsen]]
Nielsen, KirstjenKirstjen Nielsen
(born 1972)
December 6, 2017April 10, 2019&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 year, &&&&&&&&&&&&0125.&&&&&0125 daysRepublicanFloridaTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|Kevin McAleenan[d]]]
McAleenan, KevinKevin McAleenan[d]
(born 1971)
Acting
April 11, 2019November 13, 2019&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0216.&&&&&0216 daysIndependentHawaiiTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|Chad Wolf[e]]]
Wolf, ChadChad Wolf[e]
(born 1976)
Acting
November 13, 2019January 11, 2021&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 year, &&&&&&&&&&&&&059.&&&&&059 daysRepublicanVirginiaTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|Peter Gaynor[f]]]
Gaynor, PeterPeter Gaynor[f]
(born 1968)
Acting
January 12, 2021January 20, 2021&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 daysIndependentNew JerseyTrump, DonaldDonald Trump ([[Republican Party (United States)|Template:Republican Party (United States)/meta/abbr]])
[[File:|75pxpx|David Pekoske[g]]]
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske[g]
(born 1955)
Acting
January 20, 2021February 2, 202113 daysIndependent Biden, JoeJoe Biden (Dem)
7
[[File:|75pxpx|Alejandro Mayorkas]]
Mayorkas, AlejandroAlejandro Mayorkas
(born 1959)
February 2, 2021IncumbentDemocratWashington, D.C.Biden, JoeJoe Biden (Dem)

a  James Loy served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

b  Rand Beers served as acting secretary in his capacity as confirmed Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs and Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Beers was the highest ranking Senate-approved presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security.

c  Elaine Duke served as acting secretary in her capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

d  Kevin McAleenan served as acting secretary in his capacity as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. His tenure was ruled unlawful.

e  Chad Wolf served as acting secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans. His tenure was ruled unlawful.

f  Peter Gaynor served as acting secretary in his capacity as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator.

g  David Pekoske served as acting secretary in his capacity as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration

References