United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

The Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security is the chief operating officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with responsibility for managing day-to-day operations. The department has over 208,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $48.5 billion.[1]

United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Seal of the Department of Homeland Security
Flag of the United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Incumbent
Ken Cuccinelli
Acting

since November 13, 2019
United States Department of Homeland Security
StyleMr. Deputy Secretary (informal)
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
StatusChief operating officer
Reports toSecretary of Homeland Security
AppointerThe President
with the Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation2003 (2003)
First holderGordon R. England
Succession1st in DHS succession
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level II
Websitewww.dhs.gov

If the Secretary of Homeland Security dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, the Deputy Secretary is to serve as an Acting Secretary.[2]

The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.[2] The position of Deputy Secretary was created along with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.[3] The Deputy Secretary is paid $168,000 annually.

List of Deputy Secretaries of Homeland Security

No. Deputy SecretaryTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyPresident
1
England, GordonGordon R. England
(born 1937)
January 24, 2003October 1, 2003250 daysRepublicanBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
2
Loy, JamesJames Loy
(born 1942)
October 1, 2003March 1, 20051 year, 151 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
3
Jackson, MichaelMichael P. Jackson
(born 1954)
March 10, 2005October 26, 20072 years, 230 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
4
Schneider, PaulPaul A. Schneider
(born 1954)
June 5, 2008February 11, 2009251 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
Barack Obama (Dem)
5
Lute, JaneJane Holl Lute
(born 1956)
April 3, 2009April 9, 20134 years, 6 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
-
Beers, RandRand Beers[1]
(born 1942)
Acting
April 9, 2013September 6, 2013150 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
-
Borras, RafaelRafael Borras[2]
Acting
September 26, 2013December 23, 201388 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
6
Mayorkas, AlejandroAlejandro Mayorkas
(born 1959)
December 23, 2013October 28, 20162 years, 310 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
-
Deyo, RussellRussell Deyo[3]
Acting
November 1, 2016April 4, 2017154 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
7
Duke, ElaineElaine Duke
(born 1958)
April 10, 2017April 15, 20181 year, 5 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
-
Duke, ElaineClaire Grady[4]
Acting
April 16, 2018April 10, 2019359 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
-
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske[5]
(born 1955)
Acting
April 11, 2019November 13, 2019216 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
-
Cuccinelli, KenKen Cuccinelli[6]
(born 1968)
Acting
November 13, 2019Incumbent27 daysRepublicanTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)

1 Rand Beers served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs.

2 Rafael Borras served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

3 Russell Deyo served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

4 Claire Grady served as acting deputy secretary in her capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

5 David Pekoske served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

6 Ken Cuccinelli serves as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

References

  1. "Deputy Secretary Paul A. Schneider". Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2008.
  2. "US Code: Title 6,113. Other officers". Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  3. "Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved September 25, 2007.
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