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United States
Secretary of Homeland Security
Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.svg
Official Seal
Chad Wolf official portrait 2017.jpg
Incumbent
Chad Wolf
(Acting)

since November 13, 2019
Formation January 24, 2003
First holder Tom Ridge
Succession Eighteenth
Website www.dhs.gov

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 (2)       Democratic (2)       Independent (2)

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 16, 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 Independent Ohio Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
6
Kirstjen Nielsen
Nielsen, KirstjenKirstjen Nielsen
(born 1972)
December 6, 2017 April 10, 2019 1 year, 125 days Independent 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)
-
Nominee
Chad Wolf
Wolf, ChadChad Wolf
Acting
November 13, 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 14 days Republican Virginia Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
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