David Norquist

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David L. Norquist
David L. Norquist, official portrait.jpg
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Assumed office
May 25, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by John Roth
Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security
In office
June 1, 2006 – December 1, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Andrew B. Maner[1]
Succeeded by Margaret Ann Sherry[2]
Personal details
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stephanie
Children 3
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A., M.P.P.)
Georgetown University (M.A.)
Occupation Financial management

David L. Norquist is an American financial management professional and government official. Norquist was nominated in March 2017 by President Trump to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in the United States Department of Defense. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent.[3]


Norquist graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Public Policy in 1989. In 1995, he received a Masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.[4]


Norquist during the Bush administration

Norquist began his career in 1989 as a Presidential Management Fellow and GS-9 Program Budget Analyst, a federal civil servant position for the Department of the Army, and served in that position for four years.[4][5] From 1993 to 1995, he was both a budget analyst and senior chaplain in the Chaplain Candidate Program in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.[4] Norquist was Director of Resource Management at Menwith Hill Station in Harrogate, United Kingdom for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command from 1995-1996.[4] For six years, between 1997 and 2002, Norquist worked as a staffer on the Subcommittee on Defense for the House Appropriations Committee.[6] Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller of the Department of Defense.[4][5]

In 2006, Norquist was selected by President George W. Bush to be Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He served in this position from June 1, 2006 to December 1, 2008.[7][8] As the first person to be confirmed by the Senate for that position, he took steps to address widespread problems with DHS's financial statements.[9]

In 2008, Norquist joined Kearney and Company, a certified public accounting firm, as a partner.[10]

Norquist being sworn in by Secretary of Defense James Mattis on June 7, 2017.

On March 20, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Norquist as defense undersecretary, comptroller in the Department of Defense.[5] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Norquist and his wife, Stephanie, have three children.[4] He is the younger brother of Grover Norquist,[11] founder of Americans for Tax Reform.



  1. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/109th-congress/1176?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"David+Norquist"%5D%7D&r=4
  2. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/112th-congress/1125?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"David+Norquist"%5D%7D&r=3
  3. ^ a b Mehta, Aaron; Gould, Joe (May 25, 2017). "Senate confirms three appointees to Pentagon". Defense News. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Nomination of David L. Norquist". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  5. ^ a b c "Trump to Nominate Kearney & Co. Partner David Norquist as DoD Comptroller". Executive Gov. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  6. ^ "Trump just nominated several people for top Pentagon jobs". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  7. ^ https://www.c-span.org/person/?davidnorquist
  8. ^ "Department of Homeland Security Purchase Cards: Credit Without Accountability". www.gpo.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  9. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  10. ^ "Trump Picks Boeing Executive Shanahan to Become Pentagon's No. 2". Fox Business. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  11. ^ "New homeland CFO faces tough challenge". UPI. Retrieved 2017-04-10.

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