United States Secretary of Homeland Security

head of the United States Department of Homeland Security

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

United States
Secretary of Homeland Security
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Official Seal
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Chad Wolf

since November 13, 2019
FormationJanuary 24, 2003
First holderTom Ridge

List of Secretaries of Homeland SecurityEdit


  Republican (2)   Democratic (2)   Independent (2)


  Denotes Acting Homeland Security Secretary

No. Secretary of Homeland Security Took office Left office Time in office Party State of residence President
1Ridge, TomTom Ridge
(born 1945)
January 24, 2003February 1, 20052 years, 8 daysRepublicanPennsylvaniaBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
-Loy, JamesJames Loy[1]
(born 1942)
February 1, 2005February 15, 200514 daysIndependentPennsylvaniaBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
2Chertoff, MichaelMichael Chertoff
(born 1953)
February 15, 2005January 21, 20093 years, 341 daysRepublicanNew JerseyBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
3Napolitano, JanetJanet Napolitano
(born 1957)
January 21, 2009September 6, 20134 years, 228 daysDemocraticArizonaObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
-Beers, RandRand Beers[2]
(born 1942)
September 6, 2013December 16, 2013101 daysDemocraticDistrict of ColumbiaObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
4Johnson, JehJeh Johnson
(born 1957)
December 23, 2013January 20, 20173 years, 28 daysDemocraticNew JerseyObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
5Kelly, JohnJohn F. Kelly
(born 1950)
January 20, 2017July 31, 2017192 daysIndependentMassachusettsTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
-Duke, ElaineElaine Duke[3]
(born 1958)
July 31, 2017December 6, 2017128 daysIndependentOhioTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
6Nielsen, KirstjenKirstjen Nielsen
(born 1972)
December 6, 2017April 10, 20191 year, 125 daysIndependentFloridaTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
-McAleenan, KevinKevin McAleenan[4]
(born 1971)
April 11, 2019November 13, 2019216 daysIndependentHawaiiTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Wolf, ChadChad Wolf[5]
November 13, 2019Incumbent302 daysRepublicanVirginiaTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)