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Alejandro Mayorkas
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7th United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed office
February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden
Deputy David Pekoske (acting)
Preceded by Kirstjen Nielsen
6th United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
December 23, 2013 – October 28, 2016
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jane Holl Lute
Succeeded by Elaine Duke
Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
In office
August 12, 2009 – December 23, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jonathan Scharfen (acting)
Succeeded by Lori Scialabba (acting)
United States Attorney for the
Central District of California
In office
December 21, 1998 – April 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Nora Margaret Manella
Succeeded by Debra Wong Yang
Personal details
Born
Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas

(1959-11-24) November 24, 1959 (age 62)
Havana, Cuba
Spouse(s) Tanya
Children 2
Education University of California, Berkeley (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)

Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas (born November 24, 1959) is an American lawyer and government official serving as the seventh United States Secretary of Homeland Security. During the Obama administration, he served in the Department of Homeland Security, first as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2009–2013) and then as Deputy Secretary (2013–2016).

Born in Havana, Cuba, his family fled shortly after the Cuban Revolution to Florida and later settled in California. After law school, Mayorkas worked as an Assistant United States Attorney and was appointed the United States attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

In 2016, Mayorkas became a partner at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, in their Washington, D.C. office. President Joe Biden nominated Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security in his Cabinet. On February 2, 2021, Mayorkas was confirmed by the Senate on a 56–43 vote, with bipartisan support but significant Senate Republican opposition. He is the first immigrant and first Latino to lead the department.


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