United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
|Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America|
Seal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Flag of the United States Department of Housing and Urban
|United States Department of Housing and Urban Development|
|Reports to||The President|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||42 U.S.C. § 3532|
|Formation||September 9, 1965|
|First holder||Robert C. Weaver|
|Succession||Twelfth in the United States Presidential Line of Succession|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a member of the President's Cabinet, and Twelfth in the Presidential line of succession. The post was created with the formation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 9, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (Pub.L. 89–174) into law. The Department's mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination."
Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position. The department was also the first Cabinet department to be headed by an African American woman, Patricia Roberts Harris, in 1977. Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic HUD Secretary in 1993.
Julian Castro was confirmed by Senate on July 9, 2014 and assumed office on July 28, 2014, succeeding Shaun Donovan who was nominated to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development
|No.||Portrait||Name||State of Residence||Took Office||Left Office||President(s)|
|1||Robert C. Weaver||New York||January 18, 1966||December 18, 1968||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|2||Robert C. Wood||Massachusetts||January 7, 1969||January 20, 1969|
|3||George W. Romney||Michigan||January 22, 1969||January 20, 1973||Richard Nixon|
|4||James T. Lynn||Ohio||February 2, 1973||February 5, 1975|
|5||Carla A. Hills||California||March 10, 1975||January 20, 1977|
|6||Patricia R. Harris||District of Columbia||January 23, 1977||September 10, 1979||Jimmy Carter|
|7||Maurice E. Landrieu||Louisiana||September 24, 1979||January 20, 1981|
|8||Samuel R. Pierce||New York||January 23, 1981||January 20, 1989||Ronald Reagan|
|-||J. Michael Dorsey
|January 20, 1989||February 13, 1989||George H. W. Bush|
|9||Jack F. Kemp||New York||February 13, 1989||January 20, 1993|
|10||Henry G. Cisneros||Texas||January 22, 1993||January 20, 1997||Bill Clinton|
|11||Andrew M. Cuomo||New York||January 29, 1997||January 20, 2001|
|-||William C. Apgar
|January 20, 2001||January 24, 2001||George W. Bush|
|12||Mel Martinez||Florida||January 24, 2001||December 12, 2003|
|13||Alphonso Jackson||Texas||December 12, 2003||April 1, 2004|
|April 1, 2004||April 18, 2008|
|-||Roy A. Bernardi
|New York||April 18, 2008||June 4, 2008|
|14||Steve Preston||Illinois||June 4, 2008||January 20, 2009|
|-||Brian D. Montgomery
|January 20, 2009||January 26, 2009||Barack Obama|
|15||Shaun Donovan||New York||January 26, 2009||July 28, 2014|
|16||Julian Castro||Texas||July 28, 2014||Incumbent|
Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development
As of September 2016, there are eight living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, the oldest being Maurice E. Landrieu (served 1979–1981, born 1930). The most recent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to die was James T. Lynn (served 1973–1975, born 1927), on December 6, 2010. The most recently serving Secretary to die was Jack Kemp (served 1989-1993, born 1935) on May 2, 2009.
|Name||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Carla A. Hills||1975–1977||January 3, 1934|
|Maurice E. Landrieu||1979–1981||July 23, 1930|
|Henry G. Cisneros||1993–1997||June 11, 1947|
|Andrew M. Cuomo||1997–2001||December 6, 1957|
|Mel Martinez||2001–2003||October 23, 1946|
|Alphonso Jackson||2004–2008||August 9, 1945|
|Steve Preston||2008–2009||August 4, 1960|
|Shaun Donovan||2009–2014||January 24, 1966|
- "HUD History". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- "Mission". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- Jon Prior (July 9, 2014). "Julian Castro confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development". Politico. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- Gillman, Todd J. (25 July 2014). "Julián Castro to take office Monday as Housing secretary". Dallas News.
|United States presidential line of succession|
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
|13th in line||Succeeded by
Secretary of Transportation