United States Deputy Secretary of Energy

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Deputy Secretary of Energy
Seal of the Department of Energy
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

since September 18, 2014
U.S. Department of Energy
Member of U.S. Department of Energy
Reports to U.S. Secretary of Energy
Seat Washington, D.C., U.S.
Appointer President of the United States
Website www.Energy.gov

The Deputy Secretary of Energy is a high-ranking position within the U.S. Department of Energy. The Deputy Secretary is the second-highest-ranking official of the Department and assists the Secretary of Energy in the supervision and direction of the Department. The Deputy Secretary succeeds the Secretary in his absence, sickness, or unavailability.

The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate to serve at the request of the President. The current Deputy Secretary is Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who was appointed by President of the United States Barack Obama on July 8, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate on September 18, 2014.


The position of Deputy Secretary of Energy was formed on October 1, 1977 with the creation of the Department of Energy when President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act.[1]


  1. ^ "Origins". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 

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