John S. Herrington

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John Herrington
5th United States Secretary of Energy
In office
February 7, 1985 – January 20, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byDonald P. Hodel
Succeeded byJames D. Watkins
Personal details
Born (1939-05-31) May 31, 1939 (age 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseLois Haight
EducationStanford University (BA)
University of California, Hastings (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
RankFirst Lieutenant

John Stewart Herrington (born May 31, 1939) is an American Republican politician. He served as the United States Secretary of Energy under Ronald Reagan during his second term.


Herrington was born in Los Angeles, California, and earned his A.B. at Stanford University in 1961 and his LLB at the University of California School of Law (Hastings College)[1] in 1964. While attending Stanford University, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He practiced law privately from 1965 to 1981, primarily in San Francisco, and publicly as deputy district attorney of Ventura County.

In the Reagan Administration, Herrington served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1981 to 1983, deputy assistant for presidential personnel from 1983 to 1985, and Secretary of Energy from 1985 to 1989.

After government service, Herrington was the Chairman of Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc. He remains active in politics in his home state, having served for a time as Chairman of the California Republican Party. He owns Vic Stewart's, a nationally recognized steakhouse, with locations in Contra Costa County: Walnut Creek and Brentwood. He also develops real estate and acts as an advisor to numerous corporations.

Personal life and family[edit]

Herrington and his wife, the Honorable Lois Haight, had two children.


  1. ^ "John S. Herrington: Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
Government offices
Preceded by Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
October 1981 – February 1983
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by U.S. Secretary of Energy
Served under: Ronald Reagan

Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the California Republican Party
Succeeded by
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded byas Former US Cabinet Member Order of precedence of the United States
as Former US Cabinet Member
Succeeded byas Former US Cabinet Member