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|27th United States Secretary of Defense|
July 23, 2019 – November 9, 2020
|Deputy||Richard V. Spencer (acting)
|Preceded by||Jim Mattis|
|Succeeded by||Lloyd Austin|
June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019
|Deputy||David Norquist (acting)|
|Preceded by||Patrick M. Shanahan (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Richard V. Spencer (acting)|
|23rd United States Secretary of the Army|
November 20, 2017 – July 23, 2019
|Preceded by||Ryan McCarthy (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Ryan McCarthy|
Mark Thomas Esper
April 26, 1964
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Leah Lacy (m. 1989)
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (MPA)
George Washington University (PhD)
|Civilian awards||Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1986–2007|
|Unit||101st Airborne Division
Virginia Army National Guard
D.C. Army National Guard
United States Army Reserve
|Military awards||Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
|*McCarthy served in an acting capacity from June 24, 2019 to July 15, 2019, while Esper served as acting secretary of defense.|
Mark Thomas Esper (born April 26, 1964) is an American politician and defense strategist who served as the 27th United States secretary of defense from July 2019 to November 2020. Before joining the Trump administration, he worked as a defense industry lobbyist.
A West Point graduate, Esper joined the United States Army and served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division. He was deployed and saw active service in the Gulf War and subsequently served in the Army National Guard. After leaving military service, he was a Senate staffer, chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation, and Vice President for Government Relations at Raytheon.
In 2017, he joined the Trump administration as the 23rd United States secretary of the Army. Esper assumed the office of acting secretary of defense in 2019 and was confirmed as the 27th secretary of defense by the United States Senate with a vote of 90–8 shortly afterwards.
In 2020, Esper opposed deploying active-duty military troops against anti-police brutality protests, which reportedly angered President Trump. On November 9, 2020, Trump announced via Twitter that Esper had been terminated from his position.
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