United States Secretary of Energy
|Secretary of Energy of the
Seal of the Department of Energy
Flag of the Secretary of Energy
|United States Department of Energy|
|Member of||National Security Council|
|Reports to||The President|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||42 U.S.C. § 7131|
|Formation||August 6, 1977|
|First holder||James R. Schlesinger|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Energy|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
The United States Secretary of Energy is the head of the U.S. Department of Energy, a member of the Cabinet of the United States, and fourteenth in the presidential line of succession. The position was formed on October 1, 1977 with the creation of the Department of Energy when President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act. Originally the post focused on energy production and regulation. The emphasis soon shifted to developing technology for better and more efficient energy sources as well as energy education. After the end of the Cold War, the department's attention also turned toward radioactive waste disposal and maintenance of environmental quality. The current Secretary of Energy is Rick Perry 
Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger was the first Secretary of Energy, who was a Republican nominated to the post by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, the only time a president has appointed someone of another party to the post. Schlesinger is also the only secretary to be dismissed from the post. Hazel O'Leary, Bill Clinton's first Secretary of Energy, was the first female and African-American holder. The first Hispanic to serve as Energy Secretary was Clinton's second, Federico Peña. Spencer Abraham became the first Arab American to hold the position on November 15, 2004, serving under the administration of George W. Bush. Steven Chu became the first Asian American to hold the position on January 20, 2009, serving under the administration of Barack Obama. He is also the longest-serving Secretary of Energy and the first individual to join the Cabinet having received a Nobel Prize.
List of Secretaries of Energy
|No.||Portrait||Name||State of residence||Took office||Left office||Party||President(s)|
|1||Schlesinger, JamesJames Schlesinger||Virginia||August 6, 1977||August 23, 1979||Republican||Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter|
|2||Duncan, CharlesCharles Duncan||Texas||August 24, 1979||January 20, 1981||Democratic|
|3||Edwards, JamesJames Edwards||South Carolina||January 23, 1981||November 5, 1982||Republican||Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan|
|4||Hodel, DonaldDonald Hodel||Oregon||November 5, 1982||February 7, 1985||Republican|
|5||Herrington, JohnJohn Herrington||California||February 7, 1985||January 20, 1989||Republican|
|6||Watkins, JamesJames Watkins||California||March 1, 1989||January 20, 1993||Republican||Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush|
|7||O'Leary, HazelHazel O'Leary||Virginia||January 22, 1993||January 20, 1997||Democratic||Clinton, BillBill Clinton|
|8||Peña, FedericoFederico Peña||Colorado||March 12, 1997||June 30, 1998||Democratic|
|9||Richardson, BillBill Richardson||New Mexico||August 18, 1998||January 20, 2001||Democratic|
|10||Abraham, SpencerSpencer Abraham||Michigan||January 20, 2001||February 1, 2005||Republican||Bush, George W.George W. Bush|
|11||Bodman, SamuelSamuel Bodman||Illinois||February 1, 2005||January 20, 2009||Republican|
|12||Chu, StevenSteven Chu||California||January 20, 2009||April 22, 2013||Democratic||Obama, BarackBarack Obama|
|–||Poneman, DanielDaniel Poneman||Ohio||April 22, 2013||May 21, 2013||Democratic|
|13||Moniz, ErnestErnest Moniz||Massachusetts||May 21, 2013||January 20, 2017||Democratic|
|14||Perry, RickRick Perry||Texas||March 2, 2017||Incumbent||Republican||Trump, DonaldDonald Trump|
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|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Secretary of Transportation
|Order of Precedence of the United States
as Secretary of Energy
as Secretary of Education
|Current U.S. presidential line of succession|
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
|15th in line||Succeeded by
Secretary of Education