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United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

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United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.svg
Seal of the Department of Homeland Security
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Flag of the United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
John Tien
since June 24, 2021
United States Department of Homeland Security
StyleMr. Deputy Secretary (informal)
The Honorable (formal)
StatusChief operating officer
Reports toSecretary of Homeland Security
AppointerThe President
with the Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
(20 years ago)
First holderGordon R. England
Succession1st in DHS succession
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level II

The deputy secretary of homeland security is the chief operating officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with responsibility for managing day-to-day operations. The department has over 208,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $48.5 billion.[1]

If the secretary of homeland security dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, the deputy secretary is to serve as an acting secretary.[2]

The deputy secretary is appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate.[2] The position of Deputy Secretary was created along with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.[3] The deputy secretary is paid $168,000 annually.

List of deputy secretaries of homeland security

No. Portrait Deputy Secretary Took office Left office Time in office Party President
1England, GordonGordon R. England
(born 1937)
January 24, 2003October 1, 2003250 daysRepublicanBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Republican)
2Loy, JamesJames Loy
(born 1942)
October 1, 2003March 1, 20051 year, 151 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Republican)
3Jackson, MichaelMichael P. Jackson
(born 1954)
March 10, 2005October 26, 20072 years, 230 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Republican)
4Schneider, PaulPaul A. Schneider
(born 1944)
June 5, 2008February 11, 2009251 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Republican)
Barack Obama (Democratic)
5Lute, JaneJane Holl Lute
(born 1956)
April 3, 2009April 9, 20134 years, 6 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Democratic)
Beers, RandRand Beers[1]
(born 1942)
April 9, 2013September 6, 2013150 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Democratic)
Borras, RafaelRafael Borras[2]
September 26, 2013December 23, 201388 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Democratic)
6Mayorkas, AlejandroAlejandro Mayorkas
(born 1959)
December 23, 2013October 28, 20162 years, 310 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Democratic)
Deyo, RussellRussell Deyo[3]
November 1, 2016April 4, 2017154 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Democratic)
Donald Trump (Republican)
7Duke, ElaineElaine Duke
(born 1958)
April 10, 2017April 15, 20181 year, 5 daysRepublicanTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Republican)
Duke, ElaineClaire Grady[4]
April 16, 2018April 10, 2019359 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Republican)
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske[5]
(born 1955)
April 11, 2019November 13, 2019216 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Republican)
Cuccinelli, KenKen Cuccinelli[6]
(born 1968)
November 13, 2019January 20, 20211 year, 68 daysRepublicanTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Republican)
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske[5]
(born 1955)
January 20, 2021June 24, 2021155 daysIndependentBiden, JoeJoe Biden (Democratic)
8Tien, JohnJohn K. TienJune 24, 2021Incumbent1 year, 226 daysIndependentBiden, JoeJoe Biden (Democratic)

1 Rand Beers served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs.

2 Rafael Borras served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

3 Russell Deyo served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

4 Claire Grady served as acting deputy secretary in her capacity as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management.

5 David Pekoske served as acting deputy secretary in his capacity as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

6 Ken Cuccinelli served as the senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary in his capacity as Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. His tenure was ruled unlawful.


  1. ^ "Deputy Secretary Paul A. Schneider". Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "US Code: Title 6,113. Other officers". Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "Search Results – THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved September 25, 2007.

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