United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States
Seal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Flag of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Incumbent
Ben Carson

since March 2, 2017
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Style Mr. Secretary
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 42 U.S.C. § 3532
Formation September 9, 1965 (1965-09-09)
First holder Robert C. Weaver
Succession Thirteenth[1]
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.hud.gov

The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD Secretary) is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a member of the President's Cabinet, and twelfth 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]

The current HUD secretary is Ben Carson, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and approved by the Senate on March 2, 2017.[4]

List of Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

Parties

  Democratic (8)   Republican (9)

Status
  Denotes acting Secretary
No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took office Left office President(s)
1 Robert C. Weaver New York January 18, 1966 December 18, 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Robert C. Wood Massachusetts January 7, 1969 January 20, 1969
3 George W. Romney Michigan January 22, 1969 January 20, 1973 Richard Nixon
4 James T. Lynn Ohio February 2, 1973 February 5, 1975
Gerald Ford
5 Carla A. Hills California March 10, 1975 January 20, 1977
6 Patricia R. Harris District of Columbia January 23, 1977 September 10, 1979 Jimmy Carter
7 Maurice E. Landrieu Louisiana September 24, 1979 January 20, 1981
8 Samuel R. Pierce New York January 23, 1981 January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
J. Michael Dorsey
Acting
January 20, 1989 February 13, 1989 George H. W. Bush
9 Jack F. Kemp New York February 13, 1989 January 20, 1993
10 Henry G. Cisneros Texas January 22, 1993 January 20, 1997 Bill Clinton
11 Andrew M. Cuomo New York January 29, 1997 January 20, 2001
William C. Apgar
Acting
January 20, 2001 January 24, 2001 George W. Bush
12 Mel Martinez Florida January 24, 2001 December 12, 2003
13 Alphonso Jackson Texas December 12, 2003 April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004 April 18, 2008
Roy A. Bernardi
Acting
New York April 18, 2008 June 4, 2008
14 Steve Preston Illinois June 4, 2008 January 20, 2009
Brian D. Montgomery
Acting
January 20, 2009 January 26, 2009 Barack Obama
15 Shaun Donovan New York January 26, 2009 July 28, 2014
16 Julian Castro Texas July 28, 2014 January 20, 2017
Craig Clemmensen
Acting
January 20, 2017 March 2, 2017 Donald Trump
17 Ben Carson Florida March 2, 2017 Incumbent

Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

As of August 2018, there are nine living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development (with all Secretaries that have served since 1993 still living), the oldest being Maurice E. Landrieu (served 1979–1981, born 1930). The most recent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to die was James T. Lynn (served 1973–1975, born 1927), who died on December 6, 2010. The most recently-serving Secretary to die was Jack Kemp (served 1989–1993, born 1935) on May 2, 2009.

Name Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Carla A. Hills 1975–1977 January 3, 1934
Maurice E. Landrieu 1979–1981 July 23, 1930
Henry G. Cisneros 1993–1997 June 11, 1947
Andrew M. Cuomo 1997–2001 December 6, 1957
Mel Martínez 2001–2003 October 23, 1946
Alphonso Jackson 2004–2008 August 9, 1945
Steve Preston 2008–2009 August 4, 1960
Shaun Donovan 2009–2014 January 24, 1966
Julian Castro 2014–2017 September 16, 1974

References

  1. "3 U.S. Code § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act". LII / Legal Information Institute. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  2. "HUD History". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  3. "Mission". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  4. Reuters (November 23, 2016). "Ben Carson accepts position as HUD secretary, maybe?". New York Post. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Alex Azar
as Secretary of Health and Human Services
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Succeeded by
Elaine Chao
as Secretary of Transportation
Current U.S. presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Alex Azar
13th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry
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