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United States Secretary of Transportation
Flag of the United States Secretary of Transportation.svg
Flag of the Secretary
Seal of the United States Department of Transportation.svg
Seal of the Department
Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Pete Buttigieg

since February 2, 2021
United States Department of Transportation
Style Mr. Secretary
The Honorable
Member of Cabinet
Reports to President of the United States
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 49 U.S.C. § 102
Formation October 15, 1966
(54 years ago)
First holder Alan Stephenson Boyd
Succession Fourteenth
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Salary Executive Schedule, level I

The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Secretaries of Transportation

      Democratic (8)       Republican (11)


      Denotes acting Secretary of Transportation

No. Image Name State of residence Took office Left office President
serving under
1 Black-and-white photo of a balding man in a suit and striped tie Boyd, Alan S.Alan S. Boyd Florida January 16, 1967 January 20, 1969 Johnson, Lyndon B.Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Black-and-white photo of man in a suit and black tie Volpe, John A.John A. Volpe Massachusetts January 22, 1969 February 2, 1973 Nixon, Richard M.Richard M. Nixon
3 Color photo of a bald man wearing glasses and a suit with a striped tie Brinegar, Claude S.Claude S. Brinegar California February 2, 1973 February 1, 1975
Gerald R. Ford
4 Black-and-white photo of an African American man in a suit wearing glasses looking to his left Coleman, Jr., William T.William T. Coleman, Jr. Pennsylvania March 7, 1975 January 20, 1977
5 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit smiling Adams, BrockBrock Adams Washington January 23, 1977 July 20, 1979 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter
6 Black-and-white photo of a man with a wide smile and short curly hair wearing a light-colored suit Goldschmidt, Neil E.Neil E. Goldschmidt Oregon August 15, 1979 January 20, 1981
7 Black-and-white photo of a man wearing a suit sitting at a desk with his hands folded on it and the DOT logo and US flag behind him Lewis, DrewDrew Lewis Pennsylvania January 23, 1981 February 1, 1983 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
8 Smiling woman wearing earrings and a red shirt Dole, Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. Dole Kansas February 7, 1983 September 30, 1987
9 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit and combed-over hair with the US flag behind him Burnley IV, James H.James H. Burnley IV North Carolina December 3, 1987 January 20, 1989
10 Smiling man with thinning hair wearing a suit and a blue tie with the US flag behind him Skinner, Samuel K.Samuel K. Skinner Illinois February 6, 1989 December 13, 1991 Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush
11 Smiling man wearing a suit and a red tie Card, Andrew H.Andrew H. Card Massachusetts February 24, 1992 January 20, 1993
12 Hispanic man with large glasses and black hair with the US flag behind him Peña, FedericoFederico Peña Colorado January 21, 1993 February 14, 1997 Clinton, BillBill Clinton
13 African American man with short hair and a short mustache Slater, Rodney E.Rodney E. Slater Arkansas February 14, 1997 January 20, 2001
14 Older Japanese American man with glasses wearing a suit with a red tie with the US flag behind him Mineta, Norman Y.Norman Y. Mineta California January 25, 2001 August 7, 2006 Bush, George W.George W. Bush
15 Woman with long brown hair with the US flag behind hier Peters, Mary E.Mary E. Peters Arizona October 17, 2006 January 20, 2009
16 Ray LaHood official DOT portrait.jpg LaHood, Ray H.Ray H. LaHood Illinois January 23, 2009 July 2, 2013 Obama, BarackBarack Obama
17 Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte NC Foxx, Anthony R.Anthony R. Foxx North Carolina July 2, 2013 January 20, 2017
Michael Huerta official picture.jpg Michael Huerta
California January 20, 2017 January 31, 2017 Donald Trump
18 Elaine Chao official portrait 2 (cropped).jpg Elaine Chao Kentucky January 31, 2017 January 11, 2021
Steven G. Bradbury official photo.jpg Steven G. Bradbury
Oregon January 12, 2021 January 20, 2021
Lana Hurdle US Dept of Transportation.jpg Lana Hurdle
Virginia January 20, 2021 February 2, 2021 Joe Biden
19 Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore.jpg Pete Buttigieg Indiana February 2, 2021 Incumbent
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