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United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Appointed by The President
Incumbent Eric Shinseki
Personal details
Website www.VA.gov

The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans' benefits and related matters. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at 17th in the line of succession to the presidency (the position was last until the addition of the United States Department of Homeland Security in 2006[1]). To date, all appointees and acting appointees to the post have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement to fill the position.

When the post of Secretary is vacant, the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs[2] or any other person designated by the President serves as Acting Secretary[2] until the President nominates and the United States Senate confirms a new Secretary.

On December 8, 2008, President Barack Obama announced he would nominate retired army General Eric Shinseki to be the 7th Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 20, 2009.[3]

List of Secretaries of Veterans Affairs[]

Parties

      No party       Democratic       Republican

Status
  Denotes acting Secretary
No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 Ed derwinski.jpg Ed Derwinski Illinois March 15, 1989 September 26, 1992 George H. W. Bush
Anthony Principi.jpg Anthony Principi[1]
(acting)
California September 26, 1992 January 20, 1993
2 Jesse brown va.jpg Jesse Brown Illinois January 22, 1993 July 1, 1997 Bill Clinton
Gober sm.jpg Hershel W. Gober[2]
(acting)
Arkansas July 1, 1997 January 2, 1998
3 TogoDWest.jpg Togo D. West, Jr. District of Columbia January 2, 1998[3] May 5, 1998
May 5, 1998 July 25, 2000
Gober sm.jpg Hershel W. Gober[2]
(acting)
Arkansas July 25, 2000 January 20, 2001
4 Anthony Principi.jpg Anthony Principi California January 23, 2001 January 26, 2005 George W. Bush
5 JimNicholson.jpg Jim Nicholson,
Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Colorado January 26, 2005 October 1, 2007
Gordon H. Mansfield.jpg Gordon H. Mansfield[4]
(acting)
Florida October 1, 2007 December 20, 2007
6 PeakeJames.jpg James B. Peake,
Lt.Gen., USA (Ret.)
District of Columbia December 20, 2007 January 20, 2009
7 Eric Shinseki official Veterans Affairs portrait.jpg Eric Shinseki,
General, USA (Ret.)
Hawaii January 20, 2009 Incumbent Barack Obama

1 Anthony Principi served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs September 26, 1992—January 20, 1993.

2 Hershel W. Gober served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs July 1, 1997—January 2, 1998 and July 25, 2000—January 20, 2001.[4]

3 West served as acting Secretary from January 2, 1998[5] to May 5, 1998.[6]

4 Gordon H. Mansfield served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs October 1—December 20, 2007.[7]

Living former Secretaries of Veterans Affairs[]

See also[]

Notes and references[]

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Education
17th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Homeland Security

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