United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America
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Flag of the United States Department of Housing and Urban
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Seal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro's Official HUD Portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Julian Castro

since July 28, 2014
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 42 U.S.C. § 3532
Formation September 9, 1965
First holder Robert C. Weaver
Succession Twelfth in the United States Presidential Line of Succession
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.HUD.gov

The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a member of the President's Cabinet, and Twelfth in the Presidential line of succession. The post was created with the formation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 9, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (Pub.L. 89–174) into law.[1] The Department's mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination."[2]

Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position. The department was also the first Cabinet department to be headed by an African American woman, Patricia Roberts Harris, in 1977. Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic HUD Secretary in 1993.

Julian Castro was confirmed by Senate on July 9, 2014 and assumed office on July 28, 2014, succeeding Shaun Donovan who was nominated to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[3][4]

Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

Status
  Denotes acting Secretary
No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 Robert C. Weaver.jpg Robert C. Weaver New York January 18, 1966 December 18, 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Robert C. Wood, the second Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.jpg Robert C. Wood Massachusetts January 7, 1969 January 20, 1969
3 George W. Romney official portrait.jpg George W. Romney Michigan January 22, 1969 January 20, 1973 Richard Nixon
4 James Thomas Lynn official portrait.jpg James T. Lynn Ohio February 2, 1973 February 5, 1975
Gerald Ford
5 Carla A. Hills official portrait.jpg Carla A. Hills California March 10, 1975 January 20, 1977
6 Patricia R. Harris official portrait.jpg Patricia R. Harris District of Columbia January 23, 1977 September 10, 1979 Jimmy Carter
7 Moon Landrieu official portrait.jpg Maurice E. Landrieu Louisiana September 24, 1979 January 20, 1981
8 Samuel Pierce official portrait.jpg Samuel R. Pierce New York January 23, 1981 January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
- J. Michael Dorsey
(acting)
January 20, 1989 February 13, 1989 George H. W. Bush
9 Jack Kemp official portrait.jpg Jack F. Kemp New York February 13, 1989 January 20, 1993
10 Henry Cisneros official portrait.jpg Henry G. Cisneros Texas January 22, 1993 January 20, 1997 Bill Clinton
11 HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.jpg Andrew M. Cuomo New York January 29, 1997 January 20, 2001
- William C. Apgar
(acting)
January 20, 2001 January 24, 2001 George W. Bush
12 Mel Martinez official portrait.jpg Mel Martinez Florida January 24, 2001 December 12, 2003
13 Alphonso Jackson official portrait.jpg Alphonso Jackson Texas December 12, 2003 April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004 April 18, 2008
- Roy Bernardi.jpg Roy A. Bernardi
(acting)
New York April 18, 2008 June 4, 2008
14 Steve Preston HUD.jpg Steve Preston Illinois June 4, 2008 January 20, 2009
- MontgomeryBrian.jpg Brian D. Montgomery
(acting)
January 20, 2009 January 26, 2009 Barack Obama
15 Shaun Donovan.jpg Shaun Donovan New York January 26, 2009 July 28, 2014
16 Julián Castro's Official HUD Portrait.jpg Julian Castro Texas July 28, 2014 Incumbent

Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

George W. Romney was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on January 22, 1969, with President Richard Nixon in attendance.

As of October 2014, there are eight living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, the oldest being Maurice E. Landrieu (1979-1981, born 1930). The most recent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to pass away was James T. Lynn (1973-1975), on December 6, 2010.

Name Term of office Date of birth
Carla A. Hills 1975–1977 (1934-01-03) January 3, 1934 (age 80)
Maurice E. Landrieu 1979–1981 (1930-07-23) July 23, 1930 (age 84)
Henry G. Cisneros 1993–1997 (1947-06-11) June 11, 1947 (age 67)
Andrew M. Cuomo 1997–2001 (1957-12-06) December 6, 1957 (age 57)
Mel Martinez 2001–2003 (1946-10-23) October 23, 1946 (age 68)
Alphonso Jackson 2004-2008 (1945-08-09) August 9, 1945 (age 69)
Steve Preston 2008-2009 (1960-08-04) August 4, 1960 (age 54)
Shaun Donovan 2009-2014 (1966-01-24) January 24, 1966 (age 48)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HUD History". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mission". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Jon Prior (July 9, 2014). "Julian Castro confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development". Politico. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gillman, Todd J. (25 July 2014). "Julián Castro to take office Monday as Housing secretary". Dallas News. 
United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
13th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Transportation
Anthony Foxx