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David Norquist
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Acting United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 20, 2021 – January 22, 2021
President Joe Biden
Preceded by Chris Miller (acting)
Succeeded by Lloyd Austin
34th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
July 31, 2019
President Donald Trump
Joe Biden
Secretary Mark Esper
Lloyd Austin
Preceded by Patrick Shanahan
In office
January 1, 2019 – July 23, 2019
Acting
Secretary Patrick Shanahan (acting)
Mark Esper (acting)
Richard Spencer (acting)
Preceded by Patrick Shanahan
Succeeded by Richard Spencer (acting)
United States Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
In office
June 2, 2017 – July 31, 2019
President Donald Trump
Secretary Jim Mattis
Patrick Shanahan (acting)
Mark Esper (acting)
Richard Spencer (acting)
Mark Esper
Preceded by John P. Roth (acting)
Succeeded by Elaine McCusker (acting)
Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security
In office
June 1, 2006 – December 1, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Andrew Maner
Succeeded by Margaret Sherry
Personal details
Born November 24, 1966 (1966-11-24) (age 54)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stephanie
Children 3
Relatives Grover Norquist (brother)
Education University of Michigan (BA, MPP)
Georgetown University (MA)

David L. Norquist (born November 24, 1966) is an American financial management professional and government official who served as the United States deputy secretary of defense from 2019 to 2021. In January 2021, he served for two days as the acting United States secretary of defense, succeeding Christopher C. Miller.

Early life and education

Norquist graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Public Policy in 1989. In 1995, he received a master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is the brother of lobbyist Grover Norquist.

Career

Norquist began his career in 1989 as a Presidential Management Fellow and GS-9 Program Budget Analyst, a federal civil servant position for the Department of the Army, and served in that position for four years. From 1993 to 1995, he was a budget analyst in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Norquist was Director of Resource Management at Menwith Hill Station in Harrogate, United Kingdom for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command from 1995 to 1996. For six years, between 1997 and 2002, Norquist worked as a staffer on the Subcommittee on Defense for the House Appropriations Committee. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller of the Department of Defense.

In 2006, Norquist was selected by President George W. Bush to be Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He served in this position from June 1, 2006 to December 1, 2008. As the first person to be confirmed by the Senate for that position, he took steps to address widespread problems with DHS's financial statements.

In 2008, Norquist joined Kearney and Company, a certified public accounting firm, as a partner.

On March 20, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Norquist to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer in the Department of Defense. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent and began serving on June 2, 2017. As Comptroller, he oversaw DoD's first-ever department-wide audit of $2.7 trillion in assets, which involved over 1,000 outside auditors and discovered "major flaws" but no "major cases of fraud or abuse."

Deputy Secretary of Defense

Following the December 2018 resignation of Jim Mattis as secretary of defense, deputy secretary Patrick Shanahan was made the acting secretary of defense and Norquist was made acting deputy secretary. He served as acting deputy for several months before being formally nominated for the position. After Shanahan suddenly resigned on June 18, 2019, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Army secretary Mark Esper to be defense secretary. On June 21, the president announced his intention to nominate Norquist to be deputy secretary. His nomination was sent to the Senate on July 23 and he was confirmed by voice vote on July 30, 2019, after having acted in the role for nearly seven months.

Norquist has pledged to shake up the defense budget and to place a high priority on funding research and development of cutting-edge technologies such as hypersonics and artificial intelligence. On August 2, 2019, he signed a memo to department leaders ordering a comprehensive, "zero-based" program and budget review for 2021 to 2025.

Acting Secretary of Defense

Norquist became the acting secretary of defense on January 20, 2021, and served in that role until Lloyd Austin, the Biden administration's nominee, was confirmed by the Senate on January 22.

Personal life

Norquist and his wife, Stephanie, have three children. He is the younger brother of Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform.

Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick M. Shanahan
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
Acting

2019
Succeeded by
Richard V. Spencer
Acting
Preceded by
Richard V. Spencer
Acting
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
2019–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Christopher C. Miller
Acting
United States Secretary of Defense
Acting

2021
Succeeded by
Lloyd Austin

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