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secretary of veterans affairs

United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The United States Secretary of Veterans' Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans' benefits and related matters. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at 17th in the line of succession to the presidency (the position was last until the addition of the United States Department of Homeland Security in 2006). To date, all appointees and acting appointees to the post have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement to fill the position.

Chronological lists


No. Name Portrait Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Edward Joseph Derwinski March 15, 1989September 26, 1992 George H. W. Bush
2 Jesse Brown January 22, 1993July 03, 1997 Bill Clinton
3 Togo Dennis West, Jr. May 05, 1998July 10, 2000
4 Anthony Joseph Principi January 23, 2001January 26, 2005 George W. Bush
5 Robert James Nicholson January 26, 2005October 01, 2007
6 James Benjamin Peake December 20, 2007–present

Acting secretaries

When the post of Secretary is vacant, the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs or any other person designated by the President serves as Acting Secretary until the President nominates and the United States Senate confirms a new Secretary.

Name Portrait Term of Office President(s) served under
Start End
Anthony Joseph Principi September 26, 1992 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Hershel Wayne Gober July 3, 1997 January 2, 1998 Bill Clinton
July 10, 2000 January 20, 2001
Togo Dennis West, Jr. January 2, 1998 May 5, 1998
Gordon H. Mansfield October 1, 2007 December 20, 2007 George W. Bush

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