United States Department of Commerce and Labor
It was created on February 14, 1903, during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. Investigations were the province of its Bureau of Corporations. The department was renamed the Department of Commerce on March 4, 1913, and its bureaus and agencies specializing in labor were transferred to the new Department of Labor. The Bureau of Corporations was spun off as an independent agency in 1915, the Federal Trade Commission
The United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor was the head of the department. The secretary was a member of the President's Cabinet. Corresponding with the division of the department in 1913, the Secretary's position was divided into separate positions of Commerce and Labor.
In 2011, in response to federal budget-cutting efforts, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), sponsored Senate Bill 1116, a proposal to re-combine two departments as the "Department of Commerce and the Workforce". To date no action on this proposal has been taken beyond referral to committee.
List of Secretaries of Commerce and Labor
|No.||Portrait||Name||State of residence||Took office||Left office||President(s)|
|1||George B. Cortelyou||New York||February 18, 1903||June 30, 1904||Theodore Roosevelt|
|2||Victor H. Metcalf||California||July 1, 1904||December 16, 1906|
|3||Oscar S. Straus||New York||December 17, 1906||March 5, 1909|
|4||Charles Nagel||Missouri||March 6, 1909||March 4, 1913||William Howard Taft|
Notes and references
- "S.1116: Department of Commerce and the Workforce Consolidation Act". Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- "S.1116: Actions & Votes". Retrieved November 10, 2011.