United States Secretary of Homeland Security

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Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States of America
US Department of Homeland Security Seal.svg
Seal of the Department of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Jeh Johnson

since December 16, 2013
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument6 U.S.C. § 112
FormationJanuary 24, 2003
First holderTom Ridge
SuccessionEighteenth
(presidential line of succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Homeland Security
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.dhs.gov
 
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Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States of America
US Department of Homeland Security Seal.svg
Seal of the Department of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Jeh Johnson

since December 16, 2013
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument6 U.S.C. § 112
FormationJanuary 24, 2003
First holderTom Ridge
SuccessionEighteenth
(presidential line of succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Homeland Security
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.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 U.S. and the safety of U.S. citizens. The secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created by the Homeland Security Act following the 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, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (which includes the 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] effective January 21, 2009.[3] Napolitano resigned effective August 2013 to head the University of California. On October 17, President Obama announced his intention to nominate former Pentagon official Jeh Johnson, and on December 16 the US Senate confirmed the nomination.[4]

Inclusion in the presidential line of succession[edit]

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 the list as mandated under 3 U.S.C. § 19 follows this tradition.

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[edit]

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.

Parties

      Republican       Democratic       No party

Status
  Denotes acting Secretary of Homeland Security
No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft OfficePresident(s)
1Tom RidgeTom RidgePennsylvaniaJanuary 24, 2003February 1, 2005George W. Bush
James M. Loy.jpgJames Loy[1]
Acting
PennsylvaniaFebruary 1, 2005February 15, 2005
2Michael Chertoff, official DHS photo portrait, 2007.jpgMichael ChertoffNew JerseyFebruary 15, 2005January 21, 2009
3Janet Napolitano official portrait.jpgJanet NapolitanoArizonaJanuary 21, 2009September 6, 2013Barack Obama
Rand Beers official portrait.jpgRand Beers
Acting
District of ColumbiaSeptember 6, 2013December 16, 2013
4Jeh Johnson official portrait.jpgJeh JohnsonNew JerseyDecember 16, 2013Present

1 James Loy served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security February 1—February 15, 2005.

Order of succession[edit]

The order of succession for the Secretary of Homeland Security is as follows:[5]

  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. Administrator of (Transportation Security Administration)
  8. Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  9. Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  10. Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  11. Director of U.S. 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

Administration-cited potential nominees[edit]

Raymond Kelly[edit]

By July 2013, Raymond Kelly had served as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for nearly 12 straight years. Within days of Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement that she was resigning, Kelly was cited as an obvious potential successor by New York Senator Charles Schumer and others.[6]

During a July 16, 2013 interview, President Obama referred generally to the "bunch of strong candidates" for nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security, but singled out Kelly as "one of the best there is" and "very well qualified for the job".[7]

Later in July 2013, the Huffington Post detailed "a growing campaign to quash the potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security" amid claims of "divisive, harmful, and ineffective policing that promotes stereotypes and profiling". [8] Days after that article, Kelly penned a statistics-heavy Wall Street Journal opinion article defending the NYPD's programs, stating "the average number of stops we conduct is less than one per officer per week" and that this and other practices have led to "7,383 lives saved—and...they are largely the lives of young men of color."[9]

Jeh Johnson[edit]

On October 17, 2013, several sources reported that President Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson to be United States Secretary of Homeland Security. The Washington Post reported "Johnson, an African-American, would bring further racial diversity to Obama's Cabinet. The first black U.S. president has been criticized for having a high number of white men in top Cabinet roles."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Homeland Security Act, Pub.L. 107–296
  2. ^ Murray, Shailagh; Kane, Paul (January 21, 2009). "Obama Picks Confirmed, But Clinton Is on Hold". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Chertoff: Inauguration security forces 'ready' - CNN.com
  4. ^ Senate confirms new homeland security secretary
  5. ^ "Executive Order 13442: Amending the Order of Succession in the Department of Homeland Security". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Names already popping as possible Janet Napolitano replacements" By KEVIN ROBILLARD and SCOTT WONG, Politico', July 12, 2013, Retrieved 2013-07-13
  7. ^ "Obama would consider Ray Kelly to replace Janet Napolitano" By JENNIFER EPSTEIN, Politico, July 16, 2013, Retrieved 2013-07-17
  8. ^ "Muslims Oppose Raymond Kelly Bid For Homeland Security Secretary" By Omar Sacirbey, Huffington Post, August 1, 2013, Retrieved 2013-08-04
  9. ^ "Ray Kelly: The NYPD: Guilty of Saving 7,383 Lives" by Ray Kelly, Opinion: The Wall Street Journal", July 22, 2013, Retrieved 2013-08-04
  10. ^ "Obama picks attorney Jeh Johnson for Homeland Security chief" by Jeff Mason, Washington Post, October 17, 2013|, Retrieved 2013-10-18
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