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United States Secretary of Labor
Seal of the United States Department of Labor.svg
Seal of the Department
Flag of the United States Secretary of Labor.svg
Flag of the Secretary
Eugene Scalia (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Eugene Scalia

since September 30, 2019
United States Department of Labor
StyleMr. Secretary
(informal)
The Honorable
(formal)
Member ofCabinet
Reports toPresident of the United States
SeatFrances Perkins Building, Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument29 U.S.C. § 551
PrecursorSecretary of Commerce and Labor
FormationMarch 4, 1913
First holderWilliam B. Wilson
SuccessionEleventh[1]
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Labor
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level I
Websitewww.dol.gov

The United States Secretary of Labor is a member of the Cabinet of the United States, and as the head of the United States Department of Labor, controls the department, and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies.

Formerly, there was a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department along wit

The United States Secretary of Labor is a member of the Cabinet of the United States, and as the head of the United States Department of Labor, controls the department, and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies.

Formerly, there was a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department along with the U.S. Department of Commerce as one department. Since the two departments split in 1913, the Department of Commerce is now headed by a separate U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Eugene Scalia, a son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has served as Secretary of Labor since September 30, 2019.

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

List of Secretaries of Labor

Parties

  Democratic (12)   Republican (16)

No. Portrait Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s)
1 WilsonFormerly, there was a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department along with the U.S. Department of Commerce as one department. Since the two departments split in 1913, the Department of Commerce is now headed by a separate U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Eugene Scalia, a son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has served as Secretary of Labor since September 30, 2019.

  Democratic (12)   Republican (16)

No. Portrait Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s)
1 Wilson William B. Wilson Pennsylvania March 6, 1913 March 4, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
2 Davis James J. Davis Pennsylvania March 5, 1921 November 30, 1930 Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
3 Doak William N. Doak Virginia December 9, 1930 Marc

As of November 2020, there are thirteen living former Secretaries of Labor (with all Secretaries that have served since 1977 still living), the oldest being George P. Shultz (served 1969–1970, born 1920). The most recent Secretary of Labor to die was William Usery Jr. (served 1976–1977, born 1923), on December 10, 2016.

Name Term of office Date of birth (and age)
George P. Shultz 1969–1970 (1920-12-13) December 13, 1920 (age 99)
Ray Marshall 1977–1981 (1928-08-22) August 22, 1928 (age 92)
Raymond J. Donovan 1981–1985 (1930-08-31) August 31, 1930 (age 90)
Bill Brock 1985–1987 (1930-11-23) November 23, 1930 (age 89)
Ann Dore McLaughlin 1987–1989 (1941-11-16) November 16, 1941 (age 78)
Elizabeth H. Dole 1989–1990 (1936-07-29) July 29, 1936 (age 84)
Lynn Morley Martin 1991–1993 (1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 80)
Robert Reich 1993–1997 (1946-06-24) June 24, 1946 (age 74)
Alexis Herman 1997–2001 (1947-07-16) July 16, 1947 (age 73)
Elaine Chao 2001–2009 (1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 67)
Hilda Solis 2009–2013 (1957-10-20) October 20, 1957 (age 63)
Thomas Perez 2013–2017 (1961-10-07) October 7, 1961 (age 59)
Alexander Acosta 2017–2019 (1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 51)

Line of succession

The line of succession for the Secretary of Labor is as follows:[2]

  1. Deputy Secretary of Labor
  2. Solicitor of Labor
  3. Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
  4. Assistant Secretary for Policy
  5. Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
  6. Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training
  7. Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security
  8. Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health
  9. Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health
  10. Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
  11. Chief Financial Officer
  12. Administrator, Wage and Hour Division
  13. Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training
  14. Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy
  15. Deputy Solicitor of Labor (First Assistant of the Solicitor of Labor)
  16. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Policy)
  17. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs)
  18. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training)
  19. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security)
  20. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health)
  21. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health (First Assistant of the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health)
  22. Regional Solicitor—Dallas
  23. Regional Administrator for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management—Region VI/Dallas

Designated Secretarial Designee

If none of the above officials are available to serve as Acting Secretary of Labor, the Designated Secretarial Designee assumes interim operational control over the Department, except the Secretary's non-delegable responsibilities.

  1. Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  2. Director of the Women's Bureau
  3. Regional Administrator, Employment and Training Administration—Dallas
  4. Regional Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration—Dallas

See also

References

  1. ^ 3 U.S.C. § 19, Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act
  2. ^ "Order of Succession to the Secretary of Labor in Periods of Vacancy, Continuity of Executive Direction, Repositioning and Devolution of Departmental Governance, and Emergency Planning Under Circumstances of Extreme Disruption". Federal Register. January 19, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.

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U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Wilbur Ross
as Secretary of Commerce
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by
Alex Azar
as Secretary of Health and Human Services
U.S. presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Commerce
Wilbur Ross
11th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Alex Azar