List of living former members of the United States Cabinet

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The following is a list of living former members of the United States Cabinet. In the political system established by the United States Constitution, the President is authorized to seek advice from the principal officers of the various departments as he (or she) performs their official duties. A president's cabinet is composed of these principal officers.

Currently, the officials comprising the president's cabinet include the: Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Homeland Security. It formerly also included the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Postmaster General. Individuals who served in these capacities are listed here. Not listed, are persons who served in positions considered to be of cabinet level, but which are not part of the Cabinet, such as the Vice President, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the United States Trade Representative.

Cabinet members from each of the ten most recent presidential administrations (since the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963–1969) are still living, including all former cabinet members from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. The oldest living former cabinet member is George P. Shultz, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of the Treasury during the Nixon Administration and Secretary of State during the Reagan Administration. The youngest living former cabinet member is John King Jr., Secretary of Education during the Obama Administration.

L. B. Johnson Administration (1963–1969)[edit]

There are three former members of Lyndon B. Johnson's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Alan Boyd Secretary of Transportation January 16, 1967 – January 20, 1969 July 20, 1922 95 years, 30 days
Ramsey Clark Attorney General March 10, 1967 – January 20, 1969 December 18, 1927 89 years, 244 days
Marvin Watson Postmaster General[a] April 26, 1968 – January 20, 1969 June 6, 1924 93 years, 74 days

Nixon Administration (1969–1974)[edit]

There are four former members of Richard Nixon's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Frederick Dent Secretary of Commerce February 2, 1973 – August 9, 1974[b] August 17, 1922 95 years, 2 days
Henry Kissinger[1] Secretary of State September 22, 1973 – August 9, 1974[b] May 27, 1923 94 years, 84 days
Peter Peterson Secretary of Commerce February 29, 1972 – February 1, 1973 June 5, 1926 91 years, 75 days
George Shultz[2] Secretary of Labor
Secretary of the Treasury
January 22, 1969 – July 1, 1970
June 12, 1972 – May 8, 1974[c]
December 13, 1920 96 years, 249 days

Ford Administration (1974–1977)[edit]

There are six former members of Gerald Ford's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Frederick Dent Secretary of Commerce August 9, 1974 – March 26, 1975 August 17, 1922 95 years, 2 days
Carla Hills Secretary of Housing and Urban Development March 10, 1975 – January 20, 1977 January 3, 1934 83 years, 228 days
Henry Kissinger[1] Secretary of State August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977 May 27, 1923 94 years, 84 days
John Knebel Secretary of Agriculture November 4, 1976 – January 20, 1977 October 4, 1936 80 years, 319 days
David Mathews Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[d] August 8, 1975 – January 20, 1977 December 6, 1935 81 years, 256 days
Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense November 20, 1975 – January 20, 1977[e] July 9, 1932 85 years, 41 days

Carter Administration (1977–1981)[edit]

There are 10 former members of Jimmy Carter's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Cecil Andrus Secretary of the Interior January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981 August 25, 1931 85 years, 359 days
Robert Bergland Secretary of Agriculture January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981 July 22, 1928 89 years, 28 days
Michael Blumenthal Secretary of the Treasury January 23, 1977 – August 4, 1979 January 3, 1926 91 years, 228 days
Harold Brown Secretary of Defense January 21, 1977 – January 20, 1981 September 19, 1927 89 years, 334 days
Joseph Califano Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[d] January 25, 1977 – August 3, 1979 May 15, 1931 86 years, 96 days
Benjamin Civiletti Attorney General August 16, 1979 – January 19, 1981 July 17, 1935 82 years, 33 days
Charles Duncan[3] Secretary of Energy August 24, 1979 – January 20, 1981 September 9, 1926 90 years, 344 days
Neil Goldschmidt Secretary of Transportation August 15, 1979 – January 20, 1981 June 16, 1940 77 years, 64 days
Moon Landrieu Secretary of Housing and Urban Development September 24, 1979 – January 20, 1981 July 23, 1930 87 years, 27 days
Ray Marshall Secretary of Labor January 27, 1977 – January 20, 1981 August 22, 1928 88 years, 362 days

Reagan Administration (1981–1989)[edit]

There are 18 former members of Ronald Reagan's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
James Baker[4] Secretary of the Treasury February 4, 1985 – August 17, 1988[f] April 28, 1930 87 years, 113 days
William Bennett Secretary of Education February 6, 1985 – September 20, 1988 July 31, 1943 74 years, 47 days
John Block Secretary of Agriculture January 23, 1981 – February 14, 1986 February 15, 1935 82 years, 185 days
Nicholas Brady Secretary of the Treasury September 15, 1988 – January 20, 1989[g] April 11, 1930 87 years, 130 days
Bill Brock Secretary of Labor April 29, 1985 – October 31, 1987 November 23, 1930 86 years, 269 days
James Burnley Secretary of Transportation December 2, 1987 – January 30, 1989 July 30, 1948 69 years, 20 days
Frank Carlucci Secretary of Defense November 23, 1987 – January 20, 1989 October 18, 1930 86 years, 305 days
Lauro Cavazos Secretary of Education September 20, 1988 – January 20, 1989[g] January 4, 1927 90 years, 227 days
Elizabeth Dole Secretary of Transportation February 7, 1983 – September 30, 1987[h] July 29, 1936 81 years, 21 days
Ray Donovan Secretary of Labor February 4, 1981 – March 15, 1985 August 31, 1930 86 years, 353 days
Margaret Heckler Secretary of Health and Human Services March 9, 1983 – December 13, 1985 June 21, 1931 86 years, 59 days
John Herrington[3] Secretary of Energy February 7, 1985 – January 20, 1989 May 31, 1939 78 years, 80 days
Donald Hodel[3] Secretary of Energy
Secretary of the Interior
November 5, 1982 – February 7, 1985
February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
May 23, 1935 82 years, 88 days
Ann Korologos Secretary of Labor December 17, 1987 – January 20, 1989 November 16, 1941 75 years, 276 days
Edwin Meese Attorney General February 25, 1985 – July 5, 1988 December 2, 1931 85 years, 260 days
George Shultz[2] Secretary of State July 16, 1982 – January 20, 1989 December 13, 1920 96 years, 249 days
Dick Thornburgh Attorney General August 15, 1988 – January 20, 1989[g] July 16, 1932 85 years, 34 days
James Watt Secretary of the Interior January 23, 1981 – November 8, 1983 January 31, 1938 79 years, 200 days

G. H. W. Bush Administration (1989–1993)[edit]

There are 14 former members of George H. W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Lamar Alexander Secretary of Education March 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993 July 3, 1940 77 years, 47 days
James Baker[4] Secretary of State January 20, 1989 – August 23, 1992 April 28, 1930 87 years, 113 days
William Barr Attorney General November 26, 1991 – January 20, 1993 May 23, 1950 67 years, 88 days
Nicholas Brady Secretary of the Treasury January 20, 1989 – January 17, 1993 April 11, 1930 87 years, 130 days
Andrew Card Secretary of Transportation February 24, 1992 – January 20, 1993 May 10, 1947 70 years, 101 days
Lauro Cavazos Secretary of Education January 20, 1989 – December 12, 1990 January 4, 1927 90 years, 227 days
Dick Cheney Secretary of Defense March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 January 30, 1941 76 years, 201 days
Elizabeth Dole Secretary of Labor January 25, 1989 – November 23, 1990 July 29, 1936 81 years, 21 days
Barbara Franklin Secretary of Commerce February 27, 1992 – January 20, 1993 March 19, 1940 77 years, 153 days
Manuel Lujan Secretary of the Interior February 3, 1989 – January 20, 1993 May 12, 1928 89 years, 99 days
Lynn Martin Secretary of Labor February 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993 December 26, 1939 77 years, 236 days
Samuel Skinner Secretary of Transportation February 6, 1989 – December 15, 1991 June 10, 1938 79 years, 70 days
Louis Sullivan Secretary of Health and Human Services March 1, 1989 – January 20, 1993 November 3, 1933 83 years, 289 days
Dick Thornburgh Attorney General January 20, 1989 – August 15, 1991 July 16, 1932 85 years, 34 days

Clinton Administration (1993–2001)[edit]

There are 22 former members of Bill Clinton's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Madeleine Albright[5] Secretary of State January 23, 1997–January 20, 2001 May 15, 1937 80 years, 96 days
Bruce Babbitt Secretary of the Interior January 22, 1993 – January 2, 2001 June 27, 1938 79 years, 53 days
Henry Cisneros Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 22, 1993 – January 19, 1997 June 11, 1947 70 years, 69 days
William Cohen Secretary of Defense January 24, 1997 – January 20, 2001 August 28, 1940 76 years, 356 days
Andrew Cuomo Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 29, 1997 – January 20, 2001 December 6, 1957 59 years, 256 days
William Daley Secretary of Commerce January 30, 1997 – July 19, 2000 August 8, 1948 69 years, 11 days
Mike Espy Secretary of Agriculture January 22, 1993 – December 31, 1994 November 30, 1953 63 years, 262 days
Dan Glickman Secretary of Agriculture March 30, 1995 – January 19, 2001 November 24, 1944 72 years, 268 days
Alexis Herman Secretary of Labor May 1, 1997 – January 20, 2001 July 16, 1947 70 years, 63 days
Mickey Kantor Secretary of Commerce April 12, 1996 – January 21, 1997 August 7, 1939 78 years, 12 days
Norman Mineta Secretary of Commerce July 20, 2000 – January 20, 2001[i] November 12, 1931 85 years, 280 days
Hazel O'Leary[3] Secretary of Energy January 22, 1993 – January 20, 1997 May 17, 1937 80 years, 94 days
Federico Peña[3] Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
January 21, 1993 – February 14, 1997
March 12, 1997 – June 30, 1998
March 15, 1947 70 years, 157 days
William Perry Secretary of Defense February 3, 1994 – January 23, 1997 October 11, 1927 89 years, 312 days
Robert Reich Secretary of Labor January 22, 1993 – January 10, 1997 June 24, 1946 71 years, 56 days
Bill Richardson[3] Secretary of Energy August 18, 1998 – January 20, 2001 November 15, 1947 69 years, 277 days
Richard Riley Secretary of Education January 21, 1993 – January 20, 2001 January 2, 1933 84 years, 229 days
Robert Rubin Secretary of the Treasury January 11, 1995 – July 2, 1999 August 29, 1938 78 years, 355 days
Donna Shalala Secretary of Health and Human Services January 22, 1993 – January 20, 2001 February 14, 1941 76 years, 186 days
Rodney Slater Secretary of Transportation February 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001 February 23, 1955 62 years, 177 days
Lawrence Summers Secretary of the Treasury July 2, 1999 – January 20, 2001 November 30, 1954 62 years, 262 days
Togo West Secretary of Veterans Affairs May 5, 1998 – July 10, 2000 June 21, 1942 75 years, 59 days

G. W. Bush Administration (2001–2009)[edit]

There are 34 former members of George W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Spencer Abraham[3] Secretary of Energy January 20, 2001 – February 1, 2005 June 12, 1952 65 years, 68 days
John Ashcroft Attorney General February 2, 2001 – February 3, 2005 May 9, 1942 75 years, 102 days
Samuel Bodman[3] Secretary of Energy January 31, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 26, 1938 78 years, 266 days
Elaine Chao Secretary of Labor January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009[j] March 26, 1953 64 years, 146 days
Michael Chertoff Secretary of Homeland Security February 15, 2005 – January 21, 2009 November 28, 1953 63 years, 264 days
Donald Evans Secretary of Commerce January 20, 2001 – February 7, 2005 July 27, 1946 71 years, 23 days
Robert Gates Secretary of Defense December 18, 2006 – January 20, 2009[k] September 25, 1943 73 years, 328 days
Alberto Gonzales Attorney General February 3, 2005 – September 17, 2007 August 4, 1955 62 years, 15 days
Carlos Gutierrez Secretary of Commerce February 7, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 4, 1953 63 years, 288 days
Alphonso Jackson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development March 31, 2004 – April 18, 2008 September 9, 1945 71 years, 344 days
Mike Johanns Secretary of Agriculture January 21, 2005 – September 20, 2007 June 18, 1950 67 years, 62 days
Dirk Kempthorne Secretary of the Interior June 7, 2006 – January 20, 2009 October 29, 1951 65 years, 294 days
Mike Leavitt Secretary of Health and Human Services January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009 February 11, 1951 66 years, 189 days
Mel Martínez Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 24, 2001 – December 13, 2003 October 23, 1946 70 years, 300 days
Norman Mineta Secretary of Transportation January 25, 2001 – July 7, 2006 November 12, 1931 85 years, 280 days
Michael Mukasey Attorney General November 9, 2007 – January 20, 2009 July 28, 1941 76 years, 22 days
Jim Nicholson Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007 February 4, 1938 79 years, 196 days
Gale Norton Secretary of the Interior January 31, 2001 – March 31, 2006 March 11, 1954 63 years, 161 days
Paul O'Neill Secretary of the Treasury January 20, 2001 – December 31, 2002 December 4, 1935 81 years, 258 days
Rod Paige Secretary of Education January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2005 June 17, 1933 84 years, 63 days
Henry Paulson Secretary of the Treasury July 3, 2006 – January 20, 2009 March 28, 1946 71 years, 144 days
James Peake Secretary of Veterans Affairs December 20, 2007 – January 20, 2009 June 18, 1944 73 years, 62 days
Mary Peters Secretary of Transportation October 17, 2006 – January 20, 2009 December 4, 1948 68 years, 258 days
Colin Powell[6] Secretary of State January 20, 2001 – January 26, 2005 April 5, 1937 80 years, 136 days
Steve Preston Secretary of Housing and Urban Development June 5, 2008 – January 20, 2009 August 4, 1960 57 years, 15 days
Anthony Principi Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 23, 2001 – January 26, 2005 April 16, 1944 73 years, 125 days
Condoleezza Rice[7] Secretary of State January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 14, 1954 62 years, 278 days
Tom Ridge Secretary of Homeland Security January 24, 2003 – February 1, 2005 August 26, 1945 71 years, 358 days
Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense January 20, 2001 – December 18, 2006 July 9, 1932 85 years, 41 days
Ed Schafer Secretary of Agriculture January 28, 2008 – January 20, 2009 August 8, 1946 71 years, 11 days
John Snow Secretary of the Treasury February 3, 2003 – June 28, 2006 August 2, 1939 78 years, 17 days
Margaret Spellings Secretary of Education January 20, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 30, 1957 59 years, 262 days
Tommy Thompson Secretary of Health and Human Services February 2, 2001 – January 26, 2005 November 19, 1941 75 years, 273 days
Ann Veneman Secretary of Agriculture January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2005 June 29, 1949 68 years, 51 days

Obama Administration (2009–2017)[edit]

There are 32 former members of Barack Obama's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Sylvia Mathews Burwell Secretary of Health and Human Services June 9, 2014 – January 20, 2017 June 23, 1965 52 years, 57 days
John Bryson Secretary of Commerce October 21, 2011 – June 21, 2012 July 24, 1943 74 years, 26 days
Julian Castro Secretary of Housing and Urban Development July 28, 2014 – January 20, 2017 September 16, 1974 42 years, 337 days
Ashton Carter Secretary of Defense February 17, 2015 – January 20, 2017 September 24, 1954 62 years, 329 days
Steven Chu[3] Secretary of Energy January 21, 2009 – April 22, 2013 February 28, 1948 69 years, 172 days
Hillary Clinton[8] Secretary of State January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013 October 26, 1947 69 years, 297 days
Shaun Donovan Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 26, 2009 – July 28, 2014 January 24, 1966 51 years, 207 days
Arne Duncan Secretary of Education January 21, 2009 – January 1, 2016 November 6, 1964 52 years, 286 days
Anthony Foxx Secretary of Transportation July 2, 2013 – January 20, 2017 April 30, 1971 46 years, 111 days
Robert Gates Secretary of Defense January 20, 2009 – June 30, 2011 September 25, 1943 73 years, 328 days
Timothy Geithner Secretary of the Treasury January 26, 2009 – January 25, 2013 August 18, 1961 56 years, 1 day
Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense February 27, 2013 – February 17, 2015 October 4, 1946 70 years, 319 days
Eric Holder Attorney General February 3, 2009 – April 27, 2015 January 21, 1951 66 years, 210 days
Sally Jewell Secretary of the Interior April 12, 2013 – January 20, 2017 February 21, 1956 61 years, 179 days
Jeh Johnson Secretary of Homeland Security December 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017 September 11, 1957 59 years, 342 days
John Kerry Secretary of State February 1, 2013 – January 20, 2017 December 11, 1943 73 years, 251 days
John King Jr. Secretary of Education March 14, 2016 – January 20, 2017 1975 41–42
Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation January 23, 2009 – July 2, 2013 December 6, 1945 71 years, 256 days
Jacob Lew Secretary of the Treasury February 28, 2013 – January 20, 2017 August 29, 1955 61 years, 355 days
Gary Locke Secretary of Commerce March 26, 2009 – August 1, 2011 January 21, 1950 67 years, 210 days
Loretta Lynch Attorney General April 27, 2015 – January 20, 2017 May 21, 1959 58 years, 90 days
Robert A. McDonald Secretary of Veterans Affairs July 30, 2014 – January 20, 2017 June 20, 1953 64 years, 60 days
Ernest Moniz Secretary of Energy May 21, 2013 – January 20, 2017 December 22, 1944 72 years, 240 days
Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security January 21, 2009 – September 6, 2013 November 29, 1957 59 years, 263 days
Leon Panetta Secretary of Defense July 1, 2011 – February 27, 2013 June 28, 1938 79 years, 52 days
Thomas Perez Secretary of Labor July 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017 October 7, 1961 55 years, 316 days
Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce June 26, 2013 – January 20, 2017 May 2, 1959 58 years, 109 days
Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior January 20, 2009 – April 12, 2013 March 2, 1955 62 years, 170 days
Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services April 28, 2009 – June 9, 2014 May 15, 1948 69 years, 96 days
Eric Shinseki Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 21, 2009 – May 30, 2014 November 28, 1942 74 years, 264 days
Hilda Solis Secretary of Labor February 24, 2009 – January 22, 2013 October 20, 1957 59 years, 303 days
Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture January 20, 2009 – January 13, 2017 December 13, 1950 66 years, 249 days

Trump Administration (2017–Present)[edit]

There is 1 former member of Donald Trump's Cabinet still living.

Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security January 20, 2017 – July 31, 2017 May 11, 1950 67 years, 100 days

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Department now an independent agency of the Federal Government; therefore, the Postmaster General is no longer a member of the Cabinet.
  2. ^ a b Continued in the same capacity in the Ford Administration.
  3. ^ Later served as Secretary of State in the Reagan Administration.
  4. ^ a b Department now named Health and Human Services.
  5. ^ Later served as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush Administration.
  6. ^ Later served as Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  7. ^ a b c Continued in the same capacity in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  8. ^ Later served as Secretary of Labor in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  9. ^ Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush Administration.
  10. ^ Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump Administration.
  11. ^ Continued in the same capacity in the Obama Administration.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: James Addison Baker III (1930–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Madeleine Korbel Albright (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Colin Luther Powell (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Condoleezza Rice (1954–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.