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United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

government position

The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with health matters. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

United States
Secretary of Health and Human Services
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Incumbent
Alex Azar

since January 29, 2018
FormationAugust 3, 1979
First holderPatricia Roberts Harris
SuccessionTwelfth
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Contents

List of Secretaries of Health and HumanEdit

Parties

  Democratic (8)   Republican (15)   Independent (1)

Secretaries of Health, Education, and WelfareEdit

No. Portrait Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s)
1   Oveta Culp Hobby Texas April 11, 1953 July 31, 1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
2   Marion B. Folsom New York August 2, 1955 July 31, 1958
3   Arthur S. Flemming Ohio August 1, 1958 January 19, 1961
4   Abraham A. Ribicoff Connecticut January 21, 1961 July 13, 1962 John F. Kennedy
5   Anthony J. Celebrezze Ohio July 31, 1962 August 17, 1965
Lyndon B. Johnson
6   John W. Gardner California August 18, 1965 March 1, 1968
7   Wilbur J. Cohen Michigan May 16, 1968 January 20, 1969
8   Robert H. Finch California January 21, 1969 June 23, 1970 Richard Nixon
9   Elliot L. Richardson Massachusetts June 24, 1970 January 29, 1973
10   Caspar W. Weinberger California February 12, 1973 August 8, 1975
Gerald Ford
11   F. David Mathews Alabama August 8, 1975 January 20, 1977
12   Joseph A. Califano Jr. District of Columbia January 25, 1977 August 3, 1979 Jimmy Carter
13   Patricia Roberts Harris District of Columbia August 3, 1979 May 4, 1980[1]

Secretaries of Health and Human ServicesEdit

No. Portrait Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s)
13   Patricia Roberts Harris District of Columbia May 4, 1980[1] January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
14   Richard S. Schweiker Pennsylvania January 22, 1981 February 3, 1983 Ronald Reagan
15   Margaret M. Heckler Massachusetts March 9, 1983 December 13, 1985
16   Otis R. Bowen Indiana December 13, 1985 January 20, 1989
17   Louis W. Sullivan Georgia March 1, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
18   Donna Shalala Wisconsin January 22, 1993 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
19   Tommy G. Thompson Wisconsin February 2, 2001 January 26, 2005 George W. Bush
20   Michael O. Leavitt Utah January 26, 2005 January 20, 2009
21   Kathleen Sebelius Kansas April 28, 2009 June 9, 2014 Barack Obama
22   Sylvia Mathews Burwell District of Columbia June 9, 2014 January 20, 2017
23   Tom Price Georgia February 10, 2017 September 29, 2017 Donald Trump
  Don J. Wright Virginia September 29, 2017 October 10, 2017
  Eric Hargan Illinois October 10, 2017 January 25, 2018
24   Alex Azar Indiana January 29, 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.