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Commerce Secretary

United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce

The Deputy Secretary of Commerce is a high ranking position within the United States Department of Commerce. It was created on December 13, 1979 when President Jimmy Carter sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and nominated Luther H. Hodges, Jr., who then currently held the title of Under Secretary of Commerce. The Deputy Secretary serves as the Department’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day-to-day management of its approximately $6.5 billion budget, 13 operating units, and 38,000 employees. In that capacity, the Deputy Secretary is also a member of the President’s Management Council.

The Deputy Secretary serves as the principal deputy of the Secretary of Commerce in all matters affecting the Department and performs continuing and special duties as the Secretary may assign including, as may be specified by the Secretary, the exercise of policy direction and general supervision over operating units not placed under other Secretarial Officers or other Department officials. In addition, the Deputy Secretary acts as Secretary if the Secretary has died, resigned, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Secretary. The current Deputy Secretary, John J. Sullivan, was nominated by the President on December 4, 2007 and confirmed by the Senate on March 14, 2008.

List of Deputy Secretaries of Commerce

Name Term
Sidney Harman 1977-1980
Luther H. Hodges, Jr. 1980-1981
Joseph F. Wright 1981-1982
Guy W. Fiske 1982-1983
Clarence J. Brown, Jr. 1983-1988
Donna F. Tuttle 1988-1989
Thomas J. Murrin 1989-1991
Rockwell A. Schnabel 1991-1993
John A. Rollwagen 1993-1997
Robert L. Mallett 1997-2001
Samuel W. Bodman 2001-2003
Theodore W. Kassinger 2004-2005
David A. Sampson 2005-2007
John J. Sullivan 2008-

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