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United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
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Incumbent
Shaun Donovan

since January 26, 2009[1]
Formation September 9, 1965
Succession Thirteenth
Website www.hud.gov

The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a member of the President's Cabinet, and thirteenth in the Presidential line of succession. The post was created with the formation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 9, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (Pub.L. 89-174) into law.[2] The Department's mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination."[3]

Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position. The department was also the first Cabinet department to be headed by an African American woman, Patricia Roberts Harris, in 1977. Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic HUD Secretary in 1993. The current Secretary is Shaun Donovan.

Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

     Denotes acting Secretaries

No. Name Portrait State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 Robert C. Weaver Robert C. Weaver.jpg New York January 18, 1966 December 18, 1968 Lyndon Johnson
2 Robert C. Wood Massachusetts January 7, 1969 January 20, 1969
3 George W. Romney GeroRomney2-Head.jpg Michigan January 22, 1969 January 20, 1973 Richard Nixon
4 James Thomas Lynn Ohio February 2, 1973 February 5, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
5 Carla Anderson Hills U.S. Trade Representative Carla A. Hills, at the initialing ceremony for the North American Free Trade Agreement in San Antonio, TX, October 7..jpg California March 10, 1975 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
6 Patricia R. Harris Patricia R. Harris.jpg Washington, D.C. January 23, 1977 September 10, 1979 Jimmy Carter
7 Moon Landrieu Moon Landrieu profile Amstrong Park.jpg Louisiana September 24, 1979 January 20, 1981
8 Samuel Pierce Samuel Pierce.png New York January 23, 1981 January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
- J. Michael Dorsey January 20, 1989 February 13, 1989 George H. W. Bush
9 Jack Kemp JackKempCropped.jpg New York February 13, 1989 January 19, 1993
10 Henry Cisneros Henry Cisneros.jpg Texas January 22, 1993 January 19, 1997 Bill Clinton
11 Andrew Cuomo Andrew Cuomo.gif New York January 29, 1997 January 20, 2001
- William C. Apgar January 2, 2001 January 24, 2001 George W. Bush
12 Mel Martinez Mel Martinez official portrait.jpg Florida January 24, 2001 December 12, 2003
13 Alphonso Jackson Hud-picp-2004-033104.jpg Texas December 12, 2003 April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004 April 18, 2008
- Roy A. Bernardi New York April 18, 2008 June 4, 2008
14 Steve Preston Steve Preston HUD.jpg Illinois June 4, 2008 January 20, 2009
- Brian D. Montgomery January 20, 2009 January 26, 2009 Barack Obama
15 Shaun Donovan DonovanShaunLS.jpg New York January 26, 2009[1] present

Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

George W. Romney was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on January 22, 1969, with President Richard Nixon in attendance.

References

  1. ^ a b Staff (2009-01-29). "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. http://www.hud.gov/about/secretary/donovanbio.cfm. Retrieved 2009-01-30. "On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development."  
  2. ^ "HUD History". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/about/hud_history. Retrieved January 10, 2010.  
  3. ^ "Mission". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/about/mission. Retrieved January 10, 2010.  
United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
13th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Transportation
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United States Secretary
of Housing and Urban Devlopment of
Incumbent
Steve Preston

since June 4, 2008
Formation September 9, 1965
Succession Thriteenth
Website www.hud.gov

The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, concerned with urban housing matters. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. Steve Preston is currently serving as Secretary.

On January 13, 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position.

Chronological list

No. Name Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Robert Clifton Weaver January 18, 1966 - December 18, 1968 Lyndon Johnson
2 Robert Coldwell Wood January 7, 1969 - January 20, 1969 Lyndon Johnson
3 George Wilcken Romney January 22, 1969 - January 20, 1973 Richard Nixon
4 James Thomas Lynn February 2, 1973 - February 5, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
5 Carla Anderson Hills March 10, 1975 - January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
6 Patricia Roberts Harris January 23, 1977 - September 10, 1979 Jimmy Carter
7 Maurice Edwin Landrieu September 24, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
8 Samuel Riley Pierce January 23, 1981 - January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
9 Jack French Kemp February 13, 1989 - January 19, 1993 George H. W. Bush
10 Henry Gabriel Cisneros January 22, 1993 - January 19, 1997 Bill Clinton
11 Andrew Mark Cuomo January 29, 1997 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
12 Melquíades Rafael Martinez January 24, 2001 - December 12, 2003 George W. Bush
13 Alphonso Roy Jackson March 31, 2004 - April 182008 [1] George W. Bush
14 Steven C. Preston June 4, 2008 - present George W. Bush

References


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