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Richard Spencer
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76th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
August 3, 2017 – November 24, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy Thomas Modly
Preceded by Ray Mabus
Succeeded by Kenneth Braithwaite
Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
July 23, 2019 – July 31, 2019
President Donald Trump
Preceded by David Norquist (acting)
Succeeded by David Norquist
Acting United States Secretary of Defense
In office
July 15, 2019 – July 23, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy David Norquist (acting)
Preceded by Mark Esper (acting)
Succeeded by Mark Esper
Personal details
Born January 18, 1954 (1954-01-18) (age 66)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Education Rollins College (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1976–1981
Rank US Marine O3 shoulderboard.svg Captain
*Thomas Modly served in an acting capacity from July 15, 2019 – July 31, 2019 while Spencer served as Acting Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary.

Richard Vaughn Spencer (born January 18, 1954) is an American politician and businessman. He was the 76th United States Secretary of the Navy from August 3, 2017 through November 24, 2019. He became the Acting United States Secretary of Defense on July 15, 2019.

He was a former Naval Aviator of U.S. Marine Corps serving from 1976-1981 and Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. serving from November 2001 to January 2008.

President Donald Trump nominated Spencer for Secretary of the Navy in April 2017. He was confirmed by the United States Senate with a voice vote on August 1, 2017.

On November 24, 2019, he was fired by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper over his handling of the Eddie Gallagher case.

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