David Norquist

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David Norquist
David L. Norquist official portrait.jpg
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
January 1, 2019[1][2]
SecretaryPatrick M. Shanahan (acting)
Mark Esper (acting)
Richard V. Spencer (acting)
Preceded byPatrick M. Shanahan
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Assumed office
June 2, 2017[2]
PresidentDonald Trump
SecretaryJim Mattis
Patrick Shanahan (acting)
Mark Esper (acting)
Preceded byJohn Roth
Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security
In office
June 1, 2006 – December 1, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byAndrew Maner[3]
Succeeded byMargaret Sherry[4]
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
RelativesGrover Norquist (brother)
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA, MPP)
Georgetown University (MA)

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)/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the United States Department of Defense. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent.[5] On January 1, 2019, while remaining Comptroller and CFO, Norquist began performing the duties of the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense in place of Patrick M. Shanahan who, on the same date, began serving as the Acting United States Secretary of Defense.[1][2][6]


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.[7]


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.[7][8] From 1993 to 1995, he was a budget analyst in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.[7] 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.[7] For six years, between 1997 and 2002, Norquist worked as a staffer on the Subcommittee on Defense for the House Appropriations Committee.[9] 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.[7][8]

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.[10][11] 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.[12]

In 2008, Norquist joined Kearney and Company, a certified public accounting firm, as a partner.[13]

Norquist being sworn in by Secretary of Defense Jim 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.[8] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent[5] and began serving on June 2, 2017.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Norquist and his wife, Stephanie, have three children.[7] He is the younger brother of Grover Norquist,[14] founder of Americans for Tax Reform.



  1. ^ a b "David L. Norquist > U.S. Department of Defense > Biography View". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Department of Defense Key Officials September 1947–February 2019" (PDF). history.defense.gov. Historical Office Office of the Secretary of Defense. January 30, 2019. pp. 9, 10, 13, and 41. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "PN1176 - Nomination of David L. Norquist for Department of Homeland Security, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". www.congress.gov. May 26, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "PN1125 - Nomination of Margaret Ann Sherry for Department of Homeland Security, 112th Congress (2011-2012)". www.congress.gov. March 29, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Mehta, Aaron; Gould, Joe (May 25, 2017). "Senate confirms three appointees to Pentagon". Defense News. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Patrick M. Shanahan > Historical Office > Article View". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Nomination of David L. Norquist". www.congress.gov. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Trump to Nominate Kearney & Co. Partner David Norquist as DoD Comptroller". Executive Gov. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump just nominated several people for top Pentagon jobs". Business Insider. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "David Norquist - C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Department of Homeland Security Purchase Cards: Credit Without Accountability". www.gpo.gov. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts" (Press release). White House. March 16, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Trump Picks Boeing Executive Shanahan to Become Pentagon's No. 2". Fox Business. March 3, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "New homeland CFO faces tough challenge". UPI. Retrieved April 10, 2017.

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