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United States
Secretary of Labor
US-DeptOfLabor-Seal.svg
Official Seal
Incumbent
Hilda Solis

since February 24, 2009
Formation March 6, 1913
Succession 11th
Website www.dol.gov

The United States Secretary of Labor is the head of the Department of Labor who exercises control over the department and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies.

Previously there was one Secretary of Commerce and Labor, uniting this department with the Department of Commerce, which is headed by a separate Secretary of Commerce. Seven women have served as Secretary of Labor, which is more than any other cabinet position.

On December 19, 2008, then President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next United States Secretary of Labor. She took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate on February 24, 2009.

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List of Secretaries of Labor

No. Secretary of Labor Portrait State of residence Start of Term End of Term President(s)
1 William B. Wilson Wilson‎ Pennsylvania March 6, 1913 March 4, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
2 James J. Davis Davis Pennsylvania March 5, 1921 November 30, 1930 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge,
Herbert Hoover
3 William N. Doak Doak Virginia December 9, 1930 March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
4 Frances Perkins Perkins New York March 4, 1933 June 30, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
5 Lewis B. Schwellenbach Schwellenbach Washington July 1, 1945 June 10, 1948 Harry Truman
6 Maurice J. Tobin Tobin Massachusetts August 13, 1948 January 20, 1953
7 Martin P. Durkin Durkin Illinois January 21, 1953 September 10, 1953 Dwight Eisenhower
8 James P. Mitchell Mitchell New Jersey October 9, 1953 January 20, 1961
9 Arthur Goldberg Goldberg Washington, D.C. January 21, 1961 September 20, 1962 John F. Kennedy
10 W. Willard Wirtz Wirtz Illinois September 25, 1962 January 20, 1969 John F. Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson
11 George Shultz Shultz Illinois January 22, 1969 July 1, 1970 Richard Nixon
12 James D. Hodgson Hodgson California July 2, 1970 February 1, 1973
13 Peter J. Brennan Brennan New York February 2, 1973 March 15, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
14 John Thomas Dunlop Dunlop Massachusetts March 18, 1975 January 31, 1976 Gerald Ford
15 W. J. Usery Jr. Usery Georgia February 10, 1976 January 20, 1977
16 Ray Marshall Marshall Texas January 27, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
17 Raymond J. Donovan Donovan New Jersey February 4, 1981 March 15, 1985 Ronald Reagan
18 William E. Brock Brock Tennessee April 29, 1985 October 31, 1987
19 Ann Dore McLaughlin McLaughlin Washington, D.C. December 17, 1987 January 20, 1989
20 Elizabeth Dole Dole Kansas January 25, 1989 November 23, 1990 George H. W. Bush
21 Lynn Morley Martin Martin Illinois February 22, 1991 January 20, 1993
22 Robert Reich Reich Massachusetts January 22, 1993 January 10, 1997 Bill Clinton
23 Alexis Herman Herman Alabama May 1, 1997 January 20, 2001
24 Elaine Chao Chao Kentucky January 29, 2001 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
25 Hilda Solis Solis California February 24, 2009 present Barack Obama

Living former Secretaries of Labor

See also

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United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Commerce
11th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
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