United States Deputy Secretary of State

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Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America
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Incumbent
Stephen Biegun

since December 21, 2019
Department of State
Reports toThe United States Secretary of State
Seat Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
FormationJuly 13, 1972
First holder John N. Irwin II
Salary Executive Schedule, Level 2
Website Official website

The Deputy Secretary of State of the United States is the principal deputy to the Secretary of State. [1] If the Secretary of State resigns or dies, the Deputy Secretary of State becomes Acting Secretary of State until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a replacement. The position was created in 1972. Prior to July 13, 1972, the Under Secretary of State had been the second ranking officer of the Department of State. The position is currently held by Stephen Biegun.

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The State Department is the only federal Cabinet-level agency with two co-equal Deputy Secretaries. See Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. This Deputy Secretary of State office is the "first assistant" for the purposes of the Vacancies Reform Act, but both Deputy Secretaries have full delegated authority to act for the Secretary, if not otherwise prohibited by law.

List of Deputy Secretaries of State

#PortraitNameTerm beganTerm ended President(s) served under
1 John N. Irwin, II.jpg John N. Irwin II July 13, 1972February 1, 1973 Richard Nixon
2 Kenneth-Rush-1977.jpg Kenneth Rush February 2, 1973May 29, 1974
3 Robert S. Ingersoll.jpg Robert S. Ingersoll July 10, 1974March 31, 1976
Gerald Ford
4 Charles W. Robinson.JPG Charles W. Robinson April 9, 1976January 20, 1977
5 Warren Christopher.jpg Warren Christopher February 26, 1977January 16, 1981 Jimmy Carter
6 William patrick clark.png William P. Clark February 25, 1981February 9, 1982 Ronald Reagan
7 Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.jpg Walter J. Stoessel February 11, 1982September 22, 1982
8 Kenneth Dam.jpg Kenneth W. Dam September 23, 1982June 15, 1985
9 John C Whitehead.png John C. Whitehead July 9, 1985January 20, 1989
10 Lawrence Eagleburger.jpg Lawrence Eagleburger January 20, 1989December 8, 1992 George H. W. Bush
11 CRW JR 1987.JPG Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. January 27, 1993November 8, 1993 Bill Clinton
12 StrobeTalbott.jpg Strobe Talbott February 22, 1994January 19, 2001
13 Richard L. Armitage.jpeg Richard Armitage March 26, 2001February 22, 2005 George W. Bush
14 Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick February 22, 2005July 7, 2006
15 John Negroponte official portrait State.jpg John Negroponte February 13, 2007January 28, 2009
16 Jim Steinberg.jpg Jim Steinberg January 28, 2009July 28, 2011 Barack Obama
17 AmbassadorBurns.jpg William J. Burns July 28, 2011November 3, 2014
Wendy R. Sherman.jpg Wendy R. Sherman
Acting
November 3, 2014January 9, 2015
18 Antony Blinken.jpg Tony Blinken January 9, 2015January 20, 2017
Ambassador Thomas Shannon.jpg Tom Shannon
Acting
February 1, 2017May 24, 2017 Donald Trump
19 John J Sullivan.jpg John Sullivan May 24, 2017December 20, 2019
20 Stephen E. Biegun official photo.jpg Stephen Biegun December 21, 2019Incumbent

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  1. "1 FAM 030 Office of the Deputy Secretary of State (D)". U.S. Department of State. April 9, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2017.