United States Secretary of Commerce

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United States Secretary of Commerce
Seal of the United States Department of Commerce.svg
Seal of the Department
Flag of the United States Secretary of Commerce.svg
Flag of the Secretary
Wilbur Ross headshot.jpg
Incumbent
Wilbur Ross

since February 28, 2017
United States Department of Commerce
Style Mr. Secretary
Member of Cabinet
Reports to President of the United States
Seat Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 15 U.S.C.   § 1501
Precursor Secretary of Commerce and Labor
FormationMarch 15, 1913;107 years ago (1913-03-15)
First holder William Cox Redfield
Succession Tenth [1]
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Salary Executive Schedule, level I
Website Commerce.gov
The Commerce Secretary's office as it looked in the mid-20th century. Commerce Building Secretary's Office.jpg
The Commerce Secretary's office as it looked in the mid-20th century.

The United States Secretary of Commerce (SecCom) is the head of the United States Department of Commerce. The secretary is appointed by the president of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate and serves in the president's Cabinet. The secretary is concerned with promoting American businesses and industries; the department states its mission to be "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce". [2]

Contents

Until 1913, there was one secretary of commerce and labor, uniting this department with the Department of Labor, which is now headed by a separate secretary of labor. [3]

The current commerce secretary is Wilbur Ross, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and approved by the Senate on February 28, 2017.

List of secretaries of commerce

Parties

   No party (1)    Democratic (20)    Republican (18)

Status
  Denotes acting commerce secretary
No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft Office President(s)
1 WilliamCoxRedfield.jpg William C. Redfield New York March 5, 1913October 31, 1919 Woodrow Wilson
2 JoshuaWillisAlexander.jpg Joshua W. Alexander Missouri December 16, 1919March 4, 1921
3 President Hoover portrait.jpg Herbert Hoover California March 5, 1921August 21, 1928 Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
4 WilliamFairfieldWhiting.jpg William F. Whiting Massachusetts August 22, 1928March 4, 1929
5 RobertPattersonLamont.jpg Robert P. Lamont Illinois March 5, 1929August 7, 1932 Herbert C. Hoover
6 RobertDikemanChapin.jpg Roy D. Chapin Michigan August 8, 1932March 3, 1933
7 Daniel Calhoun Roper pers0178.jpg Daniel C. Roper South Carolina March 4, 1933December 23, 1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt
8 Harry Lloyd Hopkins.jpg Harry Hopkins New York December 24, 1938September 18, 1940
9 Jesse Holman Jones pers0174.jpg Jesse H. Jones Texas September 19, 1940March 1, 1945
10 HenryAgardWallace.jpg Henry A. Wallace Iowa March 2, 1945September 20, 1946
Harry S. Truman
Alfred Schindler
Acting
September 20, 1946October 7, 1946
11 William Averell Harriman.png W. Averell Harriman New York October 7, 1946April 22, 1948
12 CharlesSawyer.jpg Charles W. Sawyer Ohio May 6, 1948January 20, 1953
13 CharlesSinclairWeeks.jpg Sinclair Weeks Massachusetts January 21, 1953November 10, 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss pers0164.jpg Lewis Strauss
Acting
West Virginia November 13, 1958June 30, 1959
14 Frederick Henry Mueller pers0162.jpg Frederick H. Mueller Michigan June 30, 1959August 10, 1959
August 10, 1959January 19, 1961
15 Luther Hodges.jpg Luther H. Hodges North Carolina January 21, 1961January 15, 1965 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
16 JohnThomasConnor.jpg John T. Connor New Jersey January 18, 1965January 31, 1967
17 AlexanderBuelTrowbridge.jpg Alexander Trowbridge New York January 31, 1967June 14, 1967
June 14, 1967March 1, 1968
18 Cyrus Rowlett Smith pers0154.jpg C. R. Smith New York March 6, 1968January 19, 1969
19 Maurice Stans.jpg Maurice Stans New York January 21, 1969February 15, 1972 Richard Nixon
20 PeterGeorgePeterson.jpg Peter George Peterson Illinois February 29, 1972February 1, 1973
21 FrederickBailyDent.jpg Frederick B. Dent South Carolina February 2, 1973March 26, 1975
Gerald Ford
22 RogersClarkBallardMorton.jpg Rogers Morton Maryland May 1, 1975February 2, 1976
23 ElliotLeeRichardson.jpg Elliot Richardson Massachusetts February 2, 1976January 20, 1977
24 Kreps-juanita-morris.png Juanita M. Kreps North Carolina January 23, 1977October 31, 1979 Jimmy Carter
Luther H. Hodges, Jr.
Acting
North Carolina October 31, 1979January 9, 1980
25 PhilipMorrisKlutznick.jpg Philip Klutznick Illinois January 9, 1980January 20, 1981
26 Malcolm Baldridge pers0138.jpg Malcolm Baldrige, Jr. Connecticut January 20, 1981July 25, 1987 Ronald Reagan
Bud Brown 97th Congress 1981.jpg Bud Brown
Acting
Ohio July 25, 1987October 19, 1987
27 CalvinWilliamVerity.jpg William Verity, Jr. Ohio October 19, 1987January 30, 1989
28 RobertAdamMosbacher.jpg Robert Mosbacher Texas January 31, 1989January 15, 1992 George H. W. Bush
Rockwell A. Schnabel.png Rockwell A. Schnabel
Acting
California January 15, 1992February 27, 1992
29 BarbaraHackmanFranklin.jpg Barbara Franklin Pennsylvania February 27, 1992January 20, 1993
30 RonBrownUS.JPG Ron Brown New York January 20, 1993April 3, 1996 Bill Clinton
Mary Lowe Good - ACS2004 crop.jpg Mary L. Good
Acting
Texas April 3, 1996April 12, 1996
31 MichaelKantor.jpg Mickey Kantor Tennessee April 12, 1996January 21, 1997
32 DaleyWilliam.jpg William M. Daley Illinois January 30, 1997July 19, 2000
MallettRobert.jpg Robert L. Mallett
Acting
July 19, 2000July 21, 2000
33 NormanYoshioMineta.jpg Norman Mineta California July 21, 2000January 20, 2001
34 Donald Evans.jpg Donald Evans Texas January 20, 2001February 7, 2005 George W. Bush
35 Carlos Gutierrez official portrait.jpg Carlos Gutierrez Florida February 7, 2005January 20, 2009
WolffOtto-c.jpg Otto J. Wolff
Acting
January 20, 2009March 26, 2009 Barack Obama
36 Gary Locke official portrait.jpg Gary Locke Washington March 26, 2009August 1, 2011
U s blank official photo-191x235.jpg Rebecca Blank
Acting
Minnesota August 1, 2011October 21, 2011
37 John Bryson official portrait.jpg John Bryson New York October 21, 2011June 11, 2012
U s blank official photo-191x235.jpg Rebecca Blank
Acting
Minnesota June 11, 2012June 1, 2013
Cameron Kerry official portrait.jpeg Cameron Kerry
Acting
Massachusetts June 1, 2013June 26, 2013
38 Penny Pritzker official portrait.jpg Penny Pritzker Illinois June 26, 2013January 20, 2017
VacantJanuary 20, 2017February 28, 2017 Donald Trump
39 Wilbur Ross headshot.jpg Wilbur Ross Florida February 28, 2017Incumbent

Source: Department of Commerce: Secretaries

Living former secretaries of commerce

As of June 2020, there are nine living former secretaries of commerce (with all secretaries that have served since 1996 still living), the oldest being Norman Mineta (served 2000–2001, born 1931). The most recent secretary of commerce to die was Frederick B. Dent (served 1973–1975, born 1922), on December 10, 2019. The most recently serving secretary to die was Ron Brown (1993–1996, born 1941), who died in office on April 3, 1996.

NameTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
Barbara H. Franklin 1992–1993March 4, 1940 (age 80)
Mickey Kantor 1996–1997August 7, 1939 (age 80)
William M. Daley 1997–2000August 9, 1948 (age 71)
Norman Mineta 2000–2001November 12, 1931 (age 88)
Donald Evans 2001–2005July 27, 1946 (age 73)
Carlos Gutierrez 2005–2009November 4, 1953 (age 66)
Gary F. Locke 2009–2011January 21, 1950 (age 70)
John Bryson 2011–2012July 24, 1943 (age 76)
Penny Pritzker 2013–2017May 2, 1959 (age 61)

Line of succession

The line of succession for the secretary of commerce is as follows: [4]

  1. Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  2. General Counsel of the Department of Commerce
  3. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
  4. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs
  5. Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology
  6. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  7. Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
  8. Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Commerce and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration
  9. Boulder Laboratories Site Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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References

  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/3/19
  2. "US Department of Commerce, Directives Management Program". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  3. "Milestones". U.S. Department of Commerce. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  4. "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Commerce". federalregister.gov. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Sonny Perdue
as Secretary of Agriculture
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Secretary of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Eugene Scalia
as Secretary of Labor
U.S. presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Agriculture
Sonny Perdue
10th in lineSucceeded by
Secretary of Labor
Eugene Scalia