United States Secretary of the Interior

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Secretary of the Interior of the United States of America
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Seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior
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Incumbent
Sally Jewell

since April 12, 2013[1]
United States Department of the Interior
Style Madam Secretary
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
Seat Washington, D.C., U.S.
Appointer The President
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 (United States Presidential Line of Succession)
Deputy Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.DOI.gov
The former flag of the United States Secretary of the Interior, which was used from 1917 to 1934.

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 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.

The U.S. Department of the Interior 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.

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,[2] 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 current Secretary of the Interior in Barack Obama's administration is former REI CEO & former Mobil Oil executive Sally Jewell of Washington. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2013.[3]

Secretaries of the Interior[edit]

Living former Secretaries of the Interior[edit]

As of September 2016, 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 (1931-08-25) August 25, 1931 (age 85)
James G. Watt 1981–1983 (1938-01-31) January 31, 1938 (age 78)
Donald P. Hodel 1985–1989 (1935-05-23) May 23, 1935 (age 81)
Manuel Lujan, Jr. 1989–1993 (1928-05-12) May 12, 1928 (age 88)
Bruce E. Babbitt 1993–2001 (1938-06-27) June 27, 1938 (age 78)
Gale A. Norton 2001–2006 (1954-03-11) March 11, 1954 (age 62)
Dirk Kempthorne 2006–2009 (1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 64)
Ken Salazar 2009–2013 (1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 61)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Secretary Jewell". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Salazar, Vilsack: The West's New Land Lords
  3. ^ Sally Jewell sails through Senate confirmation, Politico
  4. ^ "About Secretary Jewell". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Attorney General
8th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Agriculture