Daniel Poneman

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Daniel Poneman
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United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
In office
May 18, 2009 – October 5, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Clay Sell
Succeeded by Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
United States Secretary of Energy
In office
April 22, 2013 – May 21, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Steven Chu
Succeeded by Ernest Moniz
Personal details
Born Daniel Bruce Poneman
(1956-03-12) March 12, 1956 (age 59)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan Poneman
Alma mater Harvard University
Lincoln College, Oxford
Website Government website

Daniel Bruce Poneman (born March 12, 1956)[1] was the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2014. Since 2001, Poneman was a Principal of The Scowcroft Group, a business advisory firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Poneman was also a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson.[2] Poneman was briefly Acting Secretary of Energy in 2013 following the resignation of Steven Chu until Ernest Moniz was confirmed and sworn in.

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.[2]


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.[2] He is a graduate of Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio.

Deputy Secretary of Energy[edit]

Daniel B. Poneman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. Under the leadership of Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Mr. Poneman also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Department.

Acting Secretary of Energy[edit]

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.


He 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. Mr. Poneman is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ 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