List of living former members of the United States Cabinet

The following is a list of living former members of the United States Cabinet. In the political system established by the United States Constitution, the President is authorized to seek advice from the principal officers of the various departments as he (or she) performs their official duties. A president's cabinet is composed of these principal officers.

Currently, the officials comprising the president's cabinet include the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Homeland Security. It formerly also included the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Individuals who served in this capacity are listed here. Not listed are persons who served in positions considered to be of cabinet level but which are not part of the Cabinet, such as the Vice President, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the United States Trade Representative.

Cabinet members from each of the ten most recent presidential administrations (since the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, 19631969) are still living, including all former cabinet members from the George W. Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. The oldest living former cabinet member is George P. Shultz, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of the Treasury during the Nixon Administration and Secretary of State during the Reagan Administration. The youngest living former cabinet member is John King Jr., Secretary of Education during the Obama Administration. The most recent cabinet member to die was Margaret Heckler, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Reagan Administration.

L. B. Johnson Administration (19631969)

There are two former members of Lyndon B. Johnson's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Alan BoydSecretary of TransportationJanuary 16, 1967 January 20, 1969July 20, 192296 years, 34 days
Ramsey ClarkAttorney GeneralMarch 10, 1967 January 20, 1969December 18, 192790 years, 248 days

Nixon Administration (19691974)

There are three former members of Richard Nixon's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Frederick DentSecretary of CommerceFebruary 2, 1973 August 9, 1974[lower-alpha 1]August 17, 192296 years, 6 days
Henry Kissinger[1]Secretary of StateSeptember 22, 1973 August 9, 1974[lower-alpha 1]May 27, 192395 years, 88 days
George Shultz[2]Secretary of Labor
Secretary of the Treasury
January 22, 1969 July 1, 1970
June 12, 1972 May 8, 1974[lower-alpha 2]
December 13, 192097 years, 253 days

Ford Administration (19741977)

There are six former members of Gerald Ford's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Frederick DentSecretary of CommerceAugust 9, 1974 March 26, 1975August 17, 192296 years, 6 days
Carla HillsSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentMarch 10, 1975 January 20, 1977January 3, 193484 years, 232 days
Henry Kissinger[1]Secretary of StateAugust 9, 1974 January 20, 1977May 27, 192395 years, 88 days
John KnebelSecretary of AgricultureNovember 4, 1976 January 20, 1977October 4, 193681 years, 323 days
David MathewsSecretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[lower-alpha 3]August 8, 1975 January 20, 1977December 6, 193582 years, 260 days
Donald RumsfeldSecretary of DefenseNovember 20, 1975 January 20, 1977[lower-alpha 4]July 9, 193286 years, 45 days

Carter Administration (19771981)

There are nine former members of Jimmy Carter's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Robert BerglandSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 23, 1977 January 20, 1981July 22, 192890 years, 32 days
Michael BlumenthalSecretary of the TreasuryJanuary 23, 1977 August 4, 1979January 3, 192692 years, 232 days
Harold BrownSecretary of DefenseJanuary 21, 1977 January 20, 1981September 19, 192790 years, 338 days
Joseph CalifanoSecretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[lower-alpha 3]January 25, 1977 August 3, 1979May 15, 193187 years, 100 days
Benjamin CivilettiAttorney GeneralAugust 16, 1979 January 19, 1981July 17, 193583 years, 37 days
Charles Duncan[3]Secretary of EnergyAugust 24, 1979 January 20, 1981September 9, 192691 years, 348 days
Neil GoldschmidtSecretary of TransportationAugust 15, 1979 January 20, 1981June 16, 194078 years, 68 days
Moon LandrieuSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentSeptember 24, 1979 January 20, 1981July 23, 193088 years, 31 days
Ray MarshallSecretary of LaborJanuary 27, 1977 January 20, 1981August 22, 192890 years, 1 day

Reagan Administration (19811989)

There are 16 former members of Ronald Reagan's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
James Baker[4]Secretary of the TreasuryFebruary 4, 1985 August 17, 1988[lower-alpha 5]April 28, 193088 years, 117 days
William BennettSecretary of EducationFebruary 6, 1985 September 20, 1988July 31, 194375 years, 51 days
John BlockSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 23, 1981 February 14, 1986February 15, 193583 years, 189 days
Nicholas BradySecretary of the TreasurySeptember 15, 1988 January 20, 1989[lower-alpha 6]April 11, 193088 years, 134 days
Bill BrockSecretary of LaborApril 29, 1985 October 31, 1987November 23, 193087 years, 273 days
James BurnleySecretary of TransportationDecember 2, 1987 January 30, 1989July 30, 194870 years, 24 days
Lauro CavazosSecretary of EducationSeptember 20, 1988 January 20, 1989[lower-alpha 6]January 4, 192791 years, 231 days
Elizabeth DoleSecretary of TransportationFebruary 7, 1983 September 30, 1987[lower-alpha 7]July 29, 193682 years, 25 days
Ray DonovanSecretary of LaborFebruary 4, 1981 March 15, 1985August 31, 193087 years, 357 days
John Herrington[3]Secretary of EnergyFebruary 7, 1985 January 20, 1989May 31, 193979 years, 84 days
Donald Hodel[3]Secretary of Energy
Secretary of the Interior
November 5, 1982 February 7, 1985
February 8, 1985 January 20, 1989
May 23, 193583 years, 92 days
Ann KorologosSecretary of LaborDecember 17, 1987 January 20, 1989November 16, 194176 years, 280 days
Edwin MeeseAttorney GeneralFebruary 25, 1985 July 5, 1988December 2, 193186 years, 264 days
George Shultz[2]Secretary of StateJuly 16, 1982 January 20, 1989December 13, 192097 years, 253 days
Dick ThornburghAttorney GeneralAugust 15, 1988 January 20, 1989[lower-alpha 6]July 16, 193286 years, 38 days
James WattSecretary of the InteriorJanuary 23, 1981 November 8, 1983January 31, 193880 years, 204 days

G. H. W. Bush Administration (19891993)

There are 14 former members of George H. W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Lamar AlexanderSecretary of EducationMarch 22, 1991 January 20, 1993July 3, 194078 years, 51 days
James Baker[4]Secretary of StateJanuary 20, 1989 August 23, 1992April 28, 193088 years, 117 days
William BarrAttorney GeneralNovember 26, 1991 January 20, 1993May 23, 195068 years, 92 days
Nicholas BradySecretary of the TreasuryJanuary 20, 1989 January 17, 1993April 11, 193088 years, 134 days
Andrew CardSecretary of TransportationFebruary 24, 1992 January 20, 1993May 10, 194771 years, 105 days
Lauro CavazosSecretary of EducationJanuary 20, 1989 December 12, 1990January 4, 192791 years, 231 days
Dick CheneySecretary of DefenseMarch 20, 1989 January 20, 1993January 30, 194177 years, 205 days
Elizabeth DoleSecretary of LaborJanuary 25, 1989 November 23, 1990July 29, 193682 years, 25 days
Barbara FranklinSecretary of CommerceFebruary 27, 1992 January 20, 1993March 19, 194078 years, 157 days
Manuel LujanSecretary of the InteriorFebruary 3, 1989 January 20, 1993May 12, 192890 years, 103 days
Lynn MartinSecretary of LaborFebruary 22, 1991 January 20, 1993December 26, 193978 years, 240 days
Samuel SkinnerSecretary of TransportationFebruary 6, 1989 December 15, 1991June 10, 193880 years, 74 days
Louis SullivanSecretary of Health and Human ServicesMarch 1, 1989 January 20, 1993November 3, 193384 years, 293 days
Dick ThornburghAttorney GeneralJanuary 20, 1989 August 15, 1991July 16, 193286 years, 38 days

Clinton Administration (19932001)

There are 21 former members of Bill Clinton's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Madeleine Albright[5]Secretary of StateJanuary 23, 1997January 20, 2001May 15, 193781 years, 100 days
Bruce BabbittSecretary of the InteriorJanuary 22, 1993 January 2, 2001June 27, 193880 years, 57 days
Henry CisnerosSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJanuary 22, 1993 January 19, 1997June 11, 194771 years, 73 days
William CohenSecretary of DefenseJanuary 24, 1997 January 20, 2001August 28, 194077 years, 360 days
Andrew CuomoSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJanuary 29, 1997 January 20, 2001December 6, 195760 years, 260 days
William DaleySecretary of CommerceJanuary 30, 1997 July 19, 2000August 8, 194870 years, 15 days
Mike EspySecretary of AgricultureJanuary 22, 1993 December 31, 1994November 30, 195364 years, 266 days
Dan GlickmanSecretary of AgricultureMarch 30, 1995 January 19, 2001November 24, 194473 years, 272 days
Alexis HermanSecretary of LaborMay 1, 1997 January 20, 2001July 16, 194771 years, 67 days
Mickey KantorSecretary of CommerceApril 12, 1996 January 21, 1997August 7, 193979 years, 16 days
Norman MinetaSecretary of CommerceJuly 20, 2000 January 20, 2001[lower-alpha 8]November 12, 193186 years, 284 days
Hazel O'Leary[3]Secretary of EnergyJanuary 22, 1993 January 20, 1997May 17, 193781 years, 98 days
Federico Peña[3]Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
January 21, 1993 February 14, 1997
March 12, 1997 June 30, 1998
March 15, 194771 years, 161 days
William PerrySecretary of DefenseFebruary 3, 1994 January 23, 1997October 11, 192790 years, 316 days
Robert ReichSecretary of LaborJanuary 22, 1993 January 10, 1997June 24, 194672 years, 60 days
Bill Richardson[3]Secretary of EnergyAugust 18, 1998 January 20, 2001November 15, 194770 years, 281 days
Richard RileySecretary of EducationJanuary 21, 1993 January 20, 2001January 2, 193385 years, 233 days
Robert RubinSecretary of the TreasuryJanuary 11, 1995 July 2, 1999August 29, 193879 years, 359 days
Donna ShalalaSecretary of Health and Human ServicesJanuary 22, 1993 January 20, 2001February 14, 194177 years, 190 days
Rodney SlaterSecretary of TransportationFebruary 14, 1997 January 20, 2001February 23, 195563 years, 181 days
Lawrence SummersSecretary of the TreasuryJuly 2, 1999 January 20, 2001November 30, 195463 years, 266 days

G. W. Bush Administration (20012009)

There are 34 former members of George W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Spencer Abraham[3]Secretary of EnergyJanuary 20, 2001 February 1, 2005June 12, 195266 years, 72 days
John AshcroftAttorney GeneralFebruary 2, 2001 February 3, 2005May 9, 194276 years, 106 days
Samuel Bodman[3]Secretary of EnergyJanuary 31, 2005 January 20, 2009November 26, 193879 years, 270 days
Elaine ChaoSecretary of LaborJanuary 29, 2001 January 20, 2009[lower-alpha 9]March 26, 195365 years, 150 days
Michael ChertoffSecretary of Homeland SecurityFebruary 15, 2005 January 21, 2009November 28, 195364 years, 268 days
Donald EvansSecretary of CommerceJanuary 20, 2001 February 7, 2005July 27, 194672 years, 27 days
Robert GatesSecretary of DefenseDecember 18, 2006 January 20, 2009[lower-alpha 10]September 25, 194374 years, 332 days
Alberto GonzalesAttorney GeneralFebruary 3, 2005 September 17, 2007August 4, 195563 years, 19 days
Carlos GutierrezSecretary of CommerceFebruary 7, 2005 January 20, 2009November 4, 195364 years, 292 days
Alphonso JacksonSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentMarch 31, 2004 April 18, 2008September 9, 194572 years, 348 days
Mike JohannsSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 21, 2005 September 20, 2007June 18, 195068 years, 66 days
Dirk KempthorneSecretary of the InteriorJune 7, 2006 January 20, 2009October 29, 195166 years, 298 days
Mike LeavittSecretary of Health and Human ServicesJanuary 26, 2005 January 20, 2009February 11, 195167 years, 193 days
Mel MartínezSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJanuary 24, 2001 December 13, 2003October 23, 194671 years, 304 days
Norman MinetaSecretary of TransportationJanuary 25, 2001 July 7, 2006November 12, 193186 years, 284 days
Michael MukaseyAttorney GeneralNovember 9, 2007 January 20, 2009July 28, 194177 years, 26 days
Jim NicholsonSecretary of Veterans AffairsJanuary 26, 2005 October 1, 2007February 4, 193880 years, 200 days
Gale NortonSecretary of the InteriorJanuary 31, 2001 March 31, 2006March 11, 195464 years, 165 days
Paul O'NeillSecretary of the TreasuryJanuary 20, 2001 December 31, 2002December 4, 193582 years, 262 days
Rod PaigeSecretary of EducationJanuary 20, 2001 January 20, 2005June 17, 193385 years, 67 days
Henry PaulsonSecretary of the TreasuryJuly 3, 2006 January 20, 2009March 28, 194672 years, 148 days
James PeakeSecretary of Veterans AffairsDecember 20, 2007 January 20, 2009June 18, 194474 years, 66 days
Mary PetersSecretary of TransportationOctober 17, 2006 January 20, 2009December 4, 194869 years, 262 days
Colin Powell[6]Secretary of StateJanuary 20, 2001 January 26, 2005April 5, 193781 years, 140 days
Steve PrestonSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJune 5, 2008 January 20, 2009August 4, 196058 years, 19 days
Anthony PrincipiSecretary of Veterans AffairsJanuary 23, 2001 January 26, 2005April 16, 194474 years, 129 days
Condoleezza Rice[7]Secretary of StateJanuary 26, 2005 January 20, 2009November 14, 195463 years, 282 days
Tom RidgeSecretary of Homeland SecurityJanuary 24, 2003 February 1, 2005August 26, 194572 years, 362 days
Donald RumsfeldSecretary of DefenseJanuary 20, 2001 December 18, 2006July 9, 193286 years, 45 days
Ed SchaferSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 28, 2008 January 20, 2009August 8, 194672 years, 15 days
John SnowSecretary of the TreasuryFebruary 3, 2003 June 28, 2006August 2, 193979 years, 21 days
Margaret SpellingsSecretary of EducationJanuary 20, 2005 January 20, 2009November 30, 195760 years, 266 days
Tommy ThompsonSecretary of Health and Human ServicesFebruary 2, 2001 January 26, 2005November 19, 194176 years, 277 days
Ann VenemanSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 20, 2001 January 20, 2005June 29, 194969 years, 55 days

Obama Administration (2009–2017)

There are 32 former members of Barack Obama's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
Sylvia Mathews BurwellSecretary of Health and Human ServicesJune 9, 2014 January 20, 2017June 23, 196553 years, 61 days
John BrysonSecretary of CommerceOctober 21, 2011 June 21, 2012July 24, 194375 years, 30 days
Julian CastroSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJuly 28, 2014 January 20, 2017September 16, 197443 years, 341 days
Ashton CarterSecretary of DefenseFebruary 17, 2015 January 20, 2017September 24, 195463 years, 333 days
Steven Chu[3]Secretary of EnergyJanuary 21, 2009 April 22, 2013February 28, 194870 years, 176 days
Hillary Clinton[8]Secretary of StateJanuary 21, 2009 February 1, 2013October 26, 194770 years, 301 days
Shaun DonovanSecretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJanuary 26, 2009 July 28, 2014January 24, 196652 years, 211 days
Arne DuncanSecretary of EducationJanuary 21, 2009 January 1, 2016November 6, 196453 years, 290 days
Anthony FoxxSecretary of TransportationJuly 2, 2013 January 20, 2017April 30, 197147 years, 115 days
Robert GatesSecretary of DefenseJanuary 20, 2009 June 30, 2011September 25, 194374 years, 332 days
Timothy GeithnerSecretary of the TreasuryJanuary 26, 2009 January 25, 2013August 18, 196157 years, 5 days
Chuck HagelSecretary of DefenseFebruary 27, 2013 February 17, 2015October 4, 194671 years, 323 days
Eric HolderAttorney GeneralFebruary 3, 2009 April 27, 2015January 21, 195167 years, 214 days
Sally JewellSecretary of the InteriorApril 12, 2013 January 20, 2017February 21, 195662 years, 183 days
Jeh JohnsonSecretary of Homeland SecurityDecember 23, 2013 January 20, 2017September 11, 195760 years, 346 days
John KerrySecretary of StateFebruary 1, 2013 January 20, 2017December 11, 194374 years, 255 days
John King Jr.Secretary of EducationMarch 14, 2016 January 20, 2017197542–43
Ray LaHoodSecretary of TransportationJanuary 23, 2009 July 2, 2013December 6, 194572 years, 260 days
Jacob LewSecretary of the TreasuryFebruary 28, 2013 January 20, 2017August 29, 195562 years, 359 days
Gary LockeSecretary of CommerceMarch 26, 2009 August 1, 2011January 21, 195068 years, 214 days
Loretta LynchAttorney GeneralApril 27, 2015 January 20, 2017May 21, 195959 years, 94 days
Robert A. McDonaldSecretary of Veterans AffairsJuly 30, 2014 January 20, 2017June 20, 195365 years, 64 days
Ernest MonizSecretary of EnergyMay 21, 2013 January 20, 2017December 22, 194473 years, 244 days
Janet NapolitanoSecretary of Homeland SecurityJanuary 21, 2009 September 6, 2013November 29, 195760 years, 267 days
Leon PanettaSecretary of DefenseJuly 1, 2011 February 27, 2013June 28, 193880 years, 56 days
Thomas PerezSecretary of LaborJuly 23, 2013 January 20, 2017October 7, 196156 years, 320 days
Penny PritzkerSecretary of CommerceJune 26, 2013 January 20, 2017May 2, 195959 years, 113 days
Ken SalazarSecretary of the InteriorJanuary 20, 2009 April 12, 2013March 2, 195563 years, 174 days
Kathleen SebeliusSecretary of Health and Human ServicesApril 28, 2009 June 9, 2014May 15, 194870 years, 100 days
Eric ShinsekiSecretary of Veterans AffairsJanuary 21, 2009 May 30, 2014November 28, 194275 years, 268 days
Hilda SolisSecretary of LaborFebruary 24, 2009 January 22, 2013October 20, 195760 years, 307 days
Tom VilsackSecretary of AgricultureJanuary 20, 2009 January 13, 2017December 13, 195067 years, 253 days

Trump Administration (2017present)

There are four former members of Donald Trump's Cabinet still living.

NamePositionTenureBirthdateAge
John F. KellySecretary of Homeland SecurityJanuary 20, 2017 July 31, 2017May 11, 195068 years, 104 days
Tom PriceSecretary of Health and Human ServicesFebruary 10, 2017 September 29, 2017October 8, 195463 years, 319 days
David ShulkinSecretary of Veterans AffairsFebruary 14, 2017 March 28, 2018July 22, 195959 years, 104 days
Rex TillersonSecretary of StateFebruary 1, 2017 March 31, 2018March 23, 195266 years, 153 days

Notes

  1. 1 2 Continued in the same capacity in the Ford Administration.
  2. Later served as Secretary of State in the Reagan Administration.
  3. 1 2 Department now named Health and Human Services.
  4. Later served as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush Administration.
  5. Later served as Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  6. 1 2 3 Continued in the same capacity in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  7. Later served as Secretary of Labor in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  8. Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush Administration.
  9. Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump Administration.
  10. Continued in the same capacity in the Obama Administration.

References

  1. 1 2 "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Henry A. (Heinz Alfred) Kissinger (1923–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: George Pratt Shultz (1920–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Secretaries of Energy". Office of Management, United States Department of Energy. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: James Addison Baker III (1930–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Madeleine Korbel Albright (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Colin Luther Powell (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  7. "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Condoleezza Rice (1954–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  8. "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
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