United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs facts for kids
|Secretary of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America|
Flag of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Seal of the Department of Veterans Affairs
|U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Reports to||The President|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||38 U.S.C. § 303|
|Formation||March 15, 1989|
|First holder||Ed Derwinski|
(Presidential Line of Succession)
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
The United States Secretary of Veterans' Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department in charge of taking care of the affairs of war veterans. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at 17th in the line of succession to the presidency (the position was last until the United States Department of Homeland Security was added in 2006). To date, all appointees and acting appointees to the post have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement to fill the position.
When the position of Secretary is vacant, the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs or another person picked by the President serves as Acting Secretary until the President picks and the United States Senate confirms a new Secretary.
On December 8, 2008, President Barack Obama announced that he would pick retired army General Eric Shinseki to be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 20, 2009. General Shinseki resigned as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on May 30, 2014, making deputy secretary Sloan Gibson the acting secretary. On June 29, 2014, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert A. McDonald was nominated by Barack Obama as the next secretary.
List of Secretaries of Veterans Affairs
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||President(s) served under|
|1||Ed Derwinski||March 15, 1989 – September 26, 1992||George H. W. Bush|
|2||Jesse Brown||January 22, 1993 – July 3, 1997||Bill Clinton|
|3||Togo D. West, Jr.||January 2, 1998 – July 25, 2000|
|-||Hershel W. Gober||July 25, 2000 – January 20, 2001|
|4||Anthony Principi||January 23, 2001 – January 26, 2005||George W. Bush|
|5||Jim Nicholson||January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007|
|6||LT GEN (Ret.) James Peake||December 20, 2007 – January 20, 2009|
|7||GEN (Ret.) Eric Ken Shinseki||January 20, 2009 – May 30, 2014||Barack Obama|
|-||Sloan D. Gibson||May 30, 2014 - July 30, 2014||Barack Obama|
|8||Robert McDonald||July 30, 2014 - present||Barack Obama|
West served as acting Secretary from January 2, 1998 to May 5, 1998.
Living former Secretaries of Veterans Affairs
- Edward Joseph Derwinski
- Togo Dennis West, Jr.
- Anthony Joseph Principi
- Robert James Nicholson
- James Peake
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