Daniel Poneman

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Daniel Poneman
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United States Secretary of Energy
In office
April 22, 2013 – May 21, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded bySteven Chu
Succeeded byErnest Moniz
United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
In office
May 18, 2009 – October 5, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byClay Sell
Succeeded byElizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Personal details
Daniel Bruce Poneman

(1956-03-12) March 12, 1956 (age 63)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susan Poneman
Alma materHarvard University
Lincoln College, Oxford
WebsiteGovernment website

Daniel Bruce Poneman (born March 12, 1956)[1] is an American government official who was the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2014 and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago.[2] Poneman was Acting Secretary of Energy in 2013 following the resignation of Steven Chu until Ernest Moniz was confirmed and sworn in.


Poneman received A.B. and J.D. degrees with honors from Harvard University, and an M.Litt. in politics from Oxford University, where he was a student at Lincoln College.[3] He is a graduate of Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio.


Daniel B. Poneman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be United States Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Energy. Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy following the resignation of Secretary Chu on April 22, 2013 until his successor, Ernest Moniz was confirmed by the Senate and was sworn in on May 21, 2013.

Poneman was a principal of The Scowcroft Group, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., in the eight years prior to his appointment to the United States Department of Energy. Before his consulting role, Poneman was also a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson.[3] Between 1993 and 1996, Poneman served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council. He joined the NSC staff in 1990 as the Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control after also serving as a White House Fellow in the United States Department of Energy.[3]


Poneman has published widely on national security issues and is the author of Nuclear Power in the Developing World and Argentina: Democracy on Trial. His third book, Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (coauthored with Joel Wit and Robert Gallucci), received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy. Poneman is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "Paulson Institute welcomes former United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman as Distinguished Fellow". Paulson Institute. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Daniel Poneman Biography on Energy.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clay Sell
United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Preceded by
Steven Chu
United States Secretary of Energy

Succeeded by
Ernest Moniz