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United States Secretary of Labor

Updated: 2017-08-07T10:53Z
Secretary of Labor of the United States of America
USDOL Seal circa 2015.svg
Seal of the United States Department of Labor
Flag of the United States Secretary of Labor.svg
Flag of the Secretary of Labor
Ed Hugler

since January 20, 2017
United States Department of Labor
StyleMr. Secretary
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument29 U.S.C. § 551
FormationMarch 4, 1913
First holderWilliam B. Wilson
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Labor
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1

The United States Secretary of Labor is a member of the Cabinet of the United States, and as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor, exercises control over the department, and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies.

Formerly, there was a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department along with the U.S. Department of Commerce as one department. Since the two departments split in 1913, the Department of Commerce is now headed by a separate U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Edward C. Hugler is the current Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor since January 20, 2017

The former flag of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, used from 1915 to 1960.

List of Secretaries of Labor


  Democratic (12)   Republican (14)

No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft OfficePresident(s)
1WilsonWilliam B. WilsonPennsylvaniaMarch 6, 1913March 4, 1921Woodrow Wilson
2DavisJames J. DavisPennsylvaniaMarch 5, 1921November 30, 1930Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
3DoakWilliam N. DoakVirginiaDecember 9, 1930March 4, 1933
4PerkinsFrances PerkinsNew YorkMarch 4, 1933June 30, 1945Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
5SchwellenbachLewis B. SchwellenbachWashingtonJuly 1, 1945June 10, 1948
6TobinMaurice J. TobinMassachusettsAugust 13, 1948January 20, 1953
7DurkinMartin P. DurkinMarylandJanuary 21, 1953September 10, 1953Dwight D. Eisenhower
8MitchellJames P. MitchellNew JerseyOctober 9, 1953January 20, 1961
9GoldbergArthur GoldbergIllinoisJanuary 21, 1961September 20, 1962John F. Kennedy
10WirtzW. Willard WirtzIllinoisSeptember 25, 1962January 20, 1969
Lyndon B. Johnson
11ShultzGeorge P. ShultzIllinoisJanuary 22, 1969July 1, 1970Richard Nixon
12HodgsonJames D. HodgsonCaliforniaJuly 2, 1970February 1, 1973
13BrennanPeter J. BrennanNew YorkFebruary 2, 1973March 15, 1975
Gerald Ford
14DunlopJohn T. DunlopMassachusettsMarch 18, 1975January 31, 1976
15UseryWilliam UseryGeorgiaFebruary 10, 1976January 20, 1977
16MarshallRay MarshallTexasJanuary 27, 1977January 20, 1981Jimmy Carter
17DonovanRaymond J. DonovanNew JerseyFebruary 4, 1981March 15, 1985Ronald Reagan
18BrockBill BrockTennesseeApril 29, 1985October 31, 1987
19McLaughlinAnn Dore McLaughlinDistrict of ColumbiaDecember 17, 1987January 20, 1989
20DoleElizabeth DoleKansasJanuary 25, 1989November 23, 1990George H. W. Bush
21MartinLynn M. MartinIllinoisFebruary 22, 1991January 20, 1993
22ReichRobert ReichMassachusettsJanuary 22, 1993January 20, 1997Bill Clinton
23HermanAlexis HermanAlabamaMay 1, 1997January 20, 2001
24ChaoElaine ChaoKentuckyJanuary 29, 2001January 20, 2009George W. Bush
25SolisHilda SolisCaliforniaFebruary 24, 2009January 22, 2013Barack Obama
26PerezTom PerezMarylandJuly 23, 2013January 20, 2017
HuglerEd HuglerPennsylvaniaJanuary 20, 2017presentDonald Trump
27AcostaAlex AcostaFloridaTBD
Pending Senate confirmation

Living former Secretaries of Labor

As of March 2017, there are twelve living former Secretaries of Labor, the oldest being George P. Shultz (served 1969–1970, born 1920). The most recent Secretary of Labor to die was William Usery Jr. (served 1976–1977, born 1923), on December 10, 2016.

NameTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
George P. Shultz1969–1970(1920-12-13) December 13, 1920 (age 96)
Ray Marshall1977–1981(1928-08-22) August 22, 1928 (age 88)
Raymond J. Donovan1981–1985(1930-08-31) August 31, 1930 (age 86)
Bill Brock1985–1987(1930-11-23) November 23, 1930 (age 86)
Ann Dore McLaughlin1987–1989(1941-11-16) November 16, 1941 (age 75)
Elizabeth H. Dole1989–1990(1936-07-29) July 29, 1936 (age 80)
Lynn Morley Martin1991–1993(1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 77)
Robert Reich1993–1997(1946-06-24) June 24, 1946 (age 70)
Alexis Herman1997–2001(1947-07-16) July 16, 1947 (age 69)
Elaine Chao2001–2009(1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 63)
Hilda Solis2009–2013(1957-10-20) October 20, 1957 (age 59)
Thomas Perez2013–2017(1961-10-07) October 7, 1961 (age 55)

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Preceded by
Secretary of Commerce
Wilbur Ross
11th in lineSucceeded by
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tom Price
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