United States Secretary of the Interior
|Secretary of the Interior of the United States of America|
Seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Flag of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior
|United States Department of the Interior|
|Reports to||The President|
|Seat||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||43 U.S.C. § 1451|
|Formation||March 3, 1849|
|First holder||Thomas Ewing|
|Succession||None. Not eligible for presidency|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of the Interior|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources; it oversees such agencies as the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Geological Survey, and the National Park Service. The Secretary also serves on and appoints the private citizens on the National Park Foundation board. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.
The U.S. Department of the Interior should not be confused with the Ministries of the Interior as used in many other countries. Ministries of the Interior in these other countries correspond primarily to the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Cabinet and secondarily to the Department of Justice.
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the western United States, the Secretary of the Interior has typically come from a western state; only one of the individuals to hold the office since 1949 is not identified with a state lying west of the Mississippi River.
The Secretary of the Interior in Barack Obama's last administration was former REI CEO & former Mobil Oil engineer Sally Jewell of Washington. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2013. (Jewell herself is not in the United States Presidential Line of Succession, since she is not a natural born U.S. citizen, but rather achieved her citizenship through naturalization.)
The line of succession for the Secretary of Interior is as follows:
- Deputy Secretary of the Interior
- Solicitor of the Interior
- Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget
- Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
- Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
- Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
- Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
- Director, Security, Safety, and Law Enforcement, Bureau of Reclamation
- Central Region Director, US Geological Survey
- Intermountain Regional Director, National Park Service
- Region 6 (Mountain-Prairie Region) Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Colorado State Director, Bureau of Land Management
- Regional Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region
Secretaries of the Interior
acting Secretary of the InteriorDenotes
Living former Secretaries of the Interior
As of January 2017, eight former Secretaries of the Interior are alive, the oldest being Manuel Lujan, Jr. (served 1989-1993, born 1928). The most recent to die was William P. Clark, Jr. (served 1983-1985, born 1931), on August 10, 2013.
|Name||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Cecil D. Andrus||1977–1981||August 25, 1931|
|James G. Watt||1981–1983||January 31, 1938|
|Donald P. Hodel||1985–1989||May 23, 1935|
|Manuel Lujan, Jr.||1989–1993||May 12, 1928|
|Bruce E. Babbitt||1993–2001||June 27, 1938|
|Gale A. Norton||2001–2006||March 11, 1954|
|Dirk Kempthorne||2006–2009||October 29, 1951|
|Ken Salazar||2009–2013||March 2, 1955|
- Salazar, Vilsack: The West's New Land Lords
- Sally Jewell sails through Senate confirmation, Politico
- Vogel, Kenneth; Severns, Maggie (December 13, 2016). "Trump selects Zinke as interior secretary". Politico. Washington, DC. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- "Chapter 3: SECRETARIAL SUCCESSION (2) - Laserfiche WebLink". elips.doi.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "About Secretary Jewell". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- List of Secretaries of the Interior (DoI)
- List of Secretaries of the Interior (worldstatesmen.org)
- The Department of Everything Else: Highlights of Interior History (1989)
|United States presidential line of succession|
|8th in line||Succeeded by
Secretary of Agriculture