United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America
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Flag of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
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Incumbent
Shaun Donovan

since January 26, 2009
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument42 U.S.C. § 3532
FormationSeptember 9, 1965
First holderRobert C. Weaver
SuccessionThirteenth
(presidential line of succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.HUD.gov
 
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America
Flag of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.svg
Flag of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
US-DeptOfHUD-Seal.svg
Seal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
DonovanShaunLS.jpg
Incumbent
Shaun Donovan

since January 26, 2009
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument42 U.S.C. § 3532
FormationSeptember 9, 1965
First holderRobert C. Weaver
SuccessionThirteenth
(presidential line of succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.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.[1] The Department's mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination."[2]

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, who has held the office since January 2009.

Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

Status
  Denotes acting Secretary
No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft OfficePresident(s)
1Robert C. Weaver.jpgRobert C. WeaverNew YorkJanuary 18, 1966December 18, 1968Lyndon B. Johnson
2Robert C. Wood, the second Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.jpgRobert C. WoodMassachusettsJanuary 7, 1969January 20, 1969
3George W. Romney official portrait.jpgGeorge W. RomneyMichiganJanuary 22, 1969January 20, 1973Richard Nixon
4James Thomas Lynn official portrait.jpgJames T. LynnOhioFebruary 2, 1973February 5, 1975
Gerald Ford
5Carla A. Hills official portrait.jpgCarla A. HillsCaliforniaMarch 10, 1975January 20, 1977
6Patricia R. Harris official portrait.jpgPatricia R. HarrisDistrict of ColumbiaJanuary 23, 1977September 10, 1979Jimmy Carter
7Moon Landrieu official portrait.jpgMaurice E. LandrieuLouisianaSeptember 24, 1979January 20, 1981
8Samuel Pierce official portrait.jpgSamuel R. PierceNew YorkJanuary 23, 1981January 20, 1989Ronald Reagan
-J. Michael Dorsey
(acting)
January 20, 1989February 13, 1989George H. W. Bush
9Jack Kemp official portrait.jpgJack F. KempNew YorkFebruary 13, 1989January 20, 1993
10Henry Cisneros official portrait.jpgHenry G. CisnerosTexasJanuary 22, 1993January 20, 1997Bill Clinton
11HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.jpgAndrew M. CuomoNew YorkJanuary 29, 1997January 20, 2001
-William C. Apgar
(acting)
January 20, 2001January 24, 2001George W. Bush
12Mel Martinez official portrait.jpgMel MartinezFloridaJanuary 24, 2001December 12, 2003
13Alphonso Jackson official portrait.jpgAlphonso JacksonTexasDecember 12, 2003April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004April 18, 2008
-Roy Bernardi.jpgRoy A. Bernardi
(acting)
New YorkApril 18, 2008June 4, 2008
14Steve Preston HUD.jpgSteve PrestonIllinoisJune 4, 2008January 20, 2009
-MontgomeryBrian.jpgBrian D. Montgomery
(acting)
January 20, 2009January 26, 2009Barack Obama
15Shaun Donovan.jpgShaun DonovanNew YorkJanuary 26, 2009[3]Incumbent

Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HUD History". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mission". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Staff (2009-01-29). "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved 2009-01-30. "On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development." 
United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
13th in lineSucceeded by
Secretary of Transportation