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United States Secretary of Homeland Security
US Department of Homeland Security Seal.svg
Official Seal
United States Department of Homeland Security
Incumbent
Janet Napolitano

since January 21, 2009
Formation January 24, 2003
Succession Eighteenth
Website www.dhs.gov

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created by the Homeland Security Act following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new department consisted primarily of components transferred from other cabinet departments because of their role in homeland security, such as the Coast Guard, Federal Protective Service, Border Patrol, Secret Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It did not, however, include the FBI or the CIA.[1]

On January 20, 2009, the Senate confirmed Barack Obama's appointment of Janet Napolitano to be the third Secretary of Homeland Security.[2] However, Michael Chertoff did not resign until 9 a.m. on January 21, 2009.[3]

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Inclusion in the presidential line of succession

Traditionally, the order of the presidential line of succession is determined (after the Vice President, Speaker of the House, and President pro tempore of the Senate) by the order of the creation of the cabinet positions, and is mandated as such under 3 U.S.C. § 19.

On March 9, 2006, President Bush signed H.R. 3199 as Pub.L. 109-177, which renewed the Patriot Act and amended the Presidential Succession Act to include the Secretary of Homeland Security in the line of succession after the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (§ 503). In the 109th Congress, legislation was introduced to place the Secretary of Homeland Security into the line of succession after the Attorney General but that bill expired at the end of the 109th Congress and has not been re-introduced.

List of Secretaries of Homeland Security

Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, there existed an Assistant to the President for the Office of Homeland Security, which was created following the September 11, 2001 attacks.      Denotes acting Secretary of Homeland Security

No. Picture Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 Tom Ridge Tom Ridge Pennsylvania January 24, 2003 February 1, 2005 George W. Bush
James Loy James M. Loy Pennsylvania February 2, 2005 February 15, 2005
2 Michael Chertoff, official DHS photo portrait, 2007.jpg Michael Chertoff New Jersey February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009
3 Janet Napolitano official portrait.jpg Janet Napolitano Arizona January 21, 2009 present Barack Obama

Living former secretaries of Homeland Security

As of November 2009, all former Secretaries of Homeland Security are living.

Order of succession

The order of succession for the Secretary of Homeland Security is as follows:[4]

  1. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  2. Under Secretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs
  3. Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management
  4. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy (acting as Under Secretary-equivalent)
  5. Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology
  6. General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security
  7. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration)
  8. Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  9. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection
  10. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  11. Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services
  12. Chief Financial Officer
  13. Regional Administrator, Region V, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  14. Regional Administrator, Region VI, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  15. Regional Administrator, Region VII, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  16. Regional Administrator, Region IX, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  17. Regional Administrator, Region I, Federal Emergency Management Agency

References

  1. ^ Homeland Security Act, Pub.L. 107-296
  2. ^ Napolitano Confirmed - Arizona Guardian
  3. ^ Chertoff: Inauguration security forces 'ready' - CNN.com
  4. ^ "Executive Order 13442: Amending the Order of Succession in the Department of Homeland Security". http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/pdf/07-4023.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  
United States presidential line of succession
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Simple English

United States Secretary
of Homeland Security of
File:US Department of Homeland Security
Official Seal
Formation January 24, 2003
Succession Eighteenth
Website www.dhs.gov

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

List of Secretaries of Homeland Security

No. Picture Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 File:Tom Tom Ridge Pennsylvania January 24, 2003 February 1, 2005 George W. Bush
File:James M. James M. Loy Pennsylvania February 2, 2005 February 15, 2005
2 File:Michael Chertoff, official DHS photo portrait, Michael Chertoff New Jersey February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009
3 File:Janet Napolitano official Janet Napolitano Arizona January 21, 2009 present Barack Obama

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