United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
has served as the 25th United States secretary of health and human services since March 19, 2021, the first person of Hispanic descent to hold the post.
The flag of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the predecessor to the current office.
The duties of the secretary revolve around human conditions and concerns in the United States
. This includes advising the president
on matters of health
, and income security programs. The secretary strives to administer the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out approved programs and make the public aware of the objectives of the department.
List of secretaries
Denotes acting HHS Secretary
Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services
Line of succession
The line of succession for the Secretary of Health and Human Services is as follows:
- Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services
- Assistant Secretary for Administration
- Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Commissioner of Food and Drugs
- Director of the National Institutes of Health
- Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
- Other Assistant Secretaries (following in the order they took the oath of office)
- Assistant Secretary for Health
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- Assistant Secretary for Legislation
- Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
- Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
- Assistant Secretary for Aging
- Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Director, Region 4 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Living former secretaries
Health, education, and welfare
As of May 2021, there are two living former secretaries of health, education and welfare, the older being Joseph A. Califano Jr.
(served 1977–1979, born 1931). The most recent secretary of health, education and welfare to die was Caspar Weinberger
(served 1973–1975, born 1917), on March 28, 2006. The most recently serving secretary to die was Patricia Roberts Harris
(served 1979–1980, born 1924) on March 23, 1985.
Health and human services
A gathering of five secretaries in June 2015
As of May 2021, there are eight living former secretaries of health and human services, the oldest being Louis W. Sullivan
(served 1989–1993, born 1933); The most recent secretary of health and human services to die was Margaret Heckler
(served 1983–1985, born 1931), on August 6, 2018. The most recently serving secretary to die was Otis R. Bowen
(served 1985–1989) on May 4, 2013.
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- ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5312
- ^ "Salary Table No. 2021-EX Rates of Basic Pay for the Executive Schedule (EX)" (PDF).
- ^ "The President's Cabinet". Ben's Guide. February 1, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
- ^ "HHS Agencies & Offices | HHS.gov". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- ^ a b Harris was Secretary on May 4, 1980, when the office changed names from Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to Secretary of Health and Human Services. Because the department merely changed names, she did not need to be confirmed again, and her term continued uninterrupted.
- ^ "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Health and Human Services". Federal Register. February 20, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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