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Mark Esper
Dr. Mark T. Esper – Acting Secretary of Defense.jpg
27th United States Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
July 23, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy Richard V. Spencer (acting)
David Norquist
Preceded by James Mattis
In office
Acting: June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy David Norquist (acting)
Preceded by Patrick M. Shanahan (acting)
Succeeded by Richard V. Spencer (acting)
23rd United States Secretary of the Army
In office
November 20, 2017 – July 23, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy Ryan McCarthy
Preceded by Ryan McCarthy (acting)
Succeeded by Ryan McCarthy
Personal details
Born
Mark Thomas Esper

April 26, 1964 (1964-04-26) (age 56)
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Leah Lacy (1989–present)
Children 3
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (MPA)
George Washington University (PhD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1986–2007
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 101st Airborne Division CSIB.png 101st Airborne Division
Vaguard.png Virginia Army National Guard
JFHQ-DC National Guard Emblem.png D.C. Army National Guard
 U.S. Army Reserve
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
US DoD Distinguished Public Service Award BAR.svg DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service
* McCarthy served in an acting capacity from June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019, while Esper served as acting secretary of defense.

Mark Thomas Esper (born April 26, 1964) is an American lobbyist and former government administrator for the United States Department of Defense. Esper is the 27th and current United States Secretary of Defense since July 2019. He was the 23rd United States Secretary of the Army from November 2017 until July 2019. He served as Vice President of government relations at Raytheon.

Esper studied at United States Military Academy, Harvard University and at George Washington University.

On July 19, 2017, it was announced that President Donald Trump had the intention of nominating Esper to become U.S. Secretary of the Army. He is Trump's third nominee for the position, following the withdrawals of Vincent Viola and Mark E. Green. He was confirmed by the Senate on November 15, 2017. He resigned on June 24, 2019 to become acting Defense Secretary.

President Donald Trump announced on June 18, 2019, that Esper would become acting Secretary of Defense. Three days later, Trump nominated Esper to serve the job full time. On July 23, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 90–8.


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