United States Secretary of Labor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Secretary of Labor of the United States of America
Flag of the United States Secretary of Labor.svg
Flag of the Secretary of Labor
US-DeptOfLabor-Seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of Labor
Thomas Perez official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Thomas Perez

since July 23, 2013
U.S. Department of Labor
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument29 U.S.C. § 551
FormationMarch 4, 1913
First holderWilliam B. Wilson
SuccessionTenth in the United States Presidential Line of Succession
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Labor
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.dol.gov
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Secretary of Labor of the United States of America
Flag of the United States Secretary of Labor.svg
Flag of the Secretary of Labor
US-DeptOfLabor-Seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of Labor
Thomas Perez official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Thomas Perez

since July 23, 2013
U.S. Department of Labor
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument29 U.S.C. § 551
FormationMarch 4, 1913
First holderWilliam B. Wilson
SuccessionTenth in the United States Presidential Line of Succession
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Labor
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.dol.gov

The United States Secretary of Labor is the head of the U.S. Department of Labor, 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.

There used to be a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is now headed by a separate U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Seven women have served as Secretary of Labor, which is more than any other cabinet position.

Thomas Perez is the current U.S. Secretary of Labor. He took office after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 2013.

The former flag of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, used from 1915 to 1960.

List of Secretaries of Labor[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft OfficePresident(s)
1WilsonWilliam B. WilsonPennsylvaniaMarch 6, 1913March 4, 1921Woodrow Wilson
2DavisJames J. DavisPennsylvaniaMarch 5, 1921November 30, 1930Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
3DoakWilliam N. DoakVirginiaDecember 9, 1930March 4, 1933
4PerkinsFrances PerkinsNew YorkMarch 4, 1933June 30, 1945Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
5SchwellenbachLewis B. SchwellenbachWashingtonJuly 1, 1945June 10, 1948
6TobinMaurice J. TobinMassachusettsAugust 13, 1948January 20, 1953
7DurkinMartin P. DurkinMarylandJanuary 21, 1953September 10, 1953Dwight D. Eisenhower
8MitchellJames P. MitchellNew JerseyOctober 9, 1953January 20, 1961
9GoldbergArthur J. GoldbergIllinoisJanuary 21, 1961September 20, 1962John F. Kennedy
10WirtzW. Willard WirtzIllinoisSeptember 25, 1962January 20, 1969
Lyndon B. Johnson
11ShultzGeorge P. Shultz (1920- )IllinoisJanuary 22, 1969July 1, 1970Richard Nixon
12HodgsonJames D. HodgsonCaliforniaJuly 2, 1970February 1, 1973
13BrennanPeter J. BrennanNew YorkFebruary 2, 1973March 15, 1975
Gerald Ford
14DunlopJohn T. DunlopMassachusettsMarch 18, 1975January 31, 1976
15UseryW. J. Usery Jr. (1923- )GeorgiaFebruary 10, 1976January 20, 1977
16MarshallF. Ray Marshall (1928- )TexasJanuary 27, 1977January 20, 1981Jimmy Carter
17DonovanRaymond J. Donovan (1930- )New JerseyFebruary 4, 1981March 15, 1985Ronald Reagan
18BrockWilliam E. Brock (1930- )TennesseeApril 29, 1985October 31, 1987
19McLaughlinAnn Dore McLaughlin (1941- )District of ColumbiaDecember 17, 1987January 20, 1989
20DoleElizabeth H. Dole (1936- )KansasJanuary 25, 1989November 23, 1990George H. W. Bush
21MartinLynn M. Martin (1939- )IllinoisFebruary 22, 1991January 20, 1993
22ReichRobert Reich (1946- )MassachusettsJanuary 22, 1993January 20, 1997Bill Clinton
23HermanAlexis M. Herman (1947- )AlabamaMay 1, 1997January 20, 2001
24ChaoElaine L. Chao (1953- )KentuckyJanuary 29, 2001January 20, 2009George W. Bush
25SolisHilda L. Solis (1957- )CaliforniaFebruary 24, 2009January 22, 2013Barack Obama
26PerezThomas Perez (1961- )MarylandJuly 23, 2013present

Living former Secretaries of Labor[edit]

As of October 2014, there are twelve living former Secretaries of Labor, the oldest being George P. Shultz (1969-1970, born 1920). The most recent Secretary of Labor to pass away was James D. Hodgson (1970-1973), on November 28, 2012.

NameTerm of officeDate of birth
George P. Shultz1969–1970(1920-12-13) December 13, 1920 (age 93)
William Usery, Jr.1976–1977(1923-12-21) December 21, 1923 (age 90)
Ray Marshall1977–1981(1928-08-22) August 22, 1928 (age 86)
Raymond J. Donovan1981–1985(1930-08-31) August 31, 1930 (age 84)
Bill Brock1985–1987(1930-11-23) November 23, 1930 (age 84)
Ann Dore McLaughlin1987-1989(1941-11-16) November 16, 1941 (age 73)
Elizabeth H. Dole1989-1990(1936-07-29) July 29, 1936 (age 78)
Lynn Morley Martin1991-1993(1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 74)
Robert Reich1993-1997(1946-06-24) June 24, 1946 (age 68)
Alexis Herman1997-2001(1947-07-16) July 16, 1947 (age 67)
Elaine Chao2001-2009(1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 61)
Hilda Solis2009-2013(1957-10-20) October 20, 1957 (age 57)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Commerce
Penny Pritzker
11th in lineSucceeded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sylvia Mathews Burwell