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United States Secretary of Homeland Security
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Incumbent
Alejandro Mayorkas

since February 2, 2021
United States Department of Homeland Security
Style Mr. Secretary
(informal)
The Honorable
(formal)
Member of Cabinet
Homeland Security Council
National Security Council
Reports to President of the United States
Seat Nebraska Avenue Complex,
Washington, D.C.
Appointer President of the United States
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 6 U.S.C. § 112
Formation January 24, 2003
(18 years ago)
 (2003-01-24)
First holder Tom Ridge
Succession Eighteenth
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DSHS)
Salary Executive Schedule, Level I

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

List of Secretaries of Homeland Security

Parties

      Republican (5)       Democratic (3)       Independent (4)

Status

      Denotes Acting Homeland Security Secretary

No. Secretary of Homeland Security Took office Left office Time in office Party State of residence President
1
Tom Ridge
Ridge, TomTom Ridge
(born 1945)
January 24, 2003 February 1, 2005 2 years, 8 days Republican Pennsylvania Bush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
James Loy
Loy, JamesJames Loy
(born 1942)
Acting
February 1, 2005 February 15, 2005 14 days Independent Pennsylvania Bush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
2
Michael Chertoff
Chertoff, MichaelMichael Chertoff
(born 1953)
February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009 3 years, 341 days Republican New Jersey Bush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
3
Janet Napolitano
Napolitano, JanetJanet Napolitano
(born 1957)
January 21, 2009 September 6, 2013 4 years, 228 days Democrat Arizona Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Rand Beers
Beers, RandRand Beers
(born 1942)
Acting
September 6, 2013 December 23, 2013 101 days Democrat District of Columbia Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
4
Jeh Johnson
Johnson, JehJeh Johnson
(born 1957)
December 23, 2013 January 20, 2017 3 years, 28 days Democrat New Jersey Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
5
John F. Kelly
Kelly, JohnJohn F. Kelly
(born 1950)
January 20, 2017 July 31, 2017 192 days Independent Massachusetts Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Elaine Duke
Duke, ElaineElaine Duke
(born 1958)
Acting
July 31, 2017 December 6, 2017 128 days Republican Ohio Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
6
Kirstjen Nielsen
Nielsen, KirstjenKirstjen Nielsen
(born 1972)
December 6, 2017 April 10, 2019 1 year, 125 days Republican Florida Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Kevin McAleenan
McAleenan, KevinKevin McAleenan
(born 1971)
Acting
April 11, 2019 November 13, 2019 216 days Independent Hawaii Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Chad Wolf
Wolf, ChadChad Wolf
(born 1976)
Acting
November 13, 2019 January 11, 2021 1 year, 59 days Republican Virginia Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Peter Gaynor
Gaynor, PeterPeter Gaynor
(born 1968)
Acting
January 12, 2021 January 20, 2021 8 days Independent New Jersey Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
David Pekoske
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske
(born 1955)
Acting
January 20, 2021 February 2, 2021 13 days Independent   Biden, JoeJoe Biden (Dem)
7
Alejandro Mayorkas
Mayorkas, AlejandroAlejandro Mayorkas
(born 1959)
February 2, 2021 Incumbent Democrat Washington, D.C. Biden, JoeJoe Biden (Dem)

James Loy served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Rand Beers served as acting secretary in his capacity as confirmed Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs and Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Beers was the highest ranking Senate-approved presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security.

Elaine Duke served as acting secretary in her capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Kevin McAleenan served as acting secretary in his capacity as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. His tenure was ruled unlawful.

Chad Wolf served as acting secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans. His tenure was ruled unlawful.

Peter Gaynor served as acting secretary in his capacity as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator.

David Pekoske served as acting secretary in his capacity as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration

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