List of living former members of the United States Cabinet

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The following is a list of living former members of the United States Cabinet. In the political system established by the United States Constitution, the President is authorized to seek advice from the principal officers of the various departments while performing their official duties. A president's cabinet is composed of these principal officers.

Currently, the officials comprising the president's cabinet include the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Homeland Security. It formerly also included the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Individuals who served in this capacity are listed here. Not listed are persons who served in positions considered to be of cabinet level but which are not part of the Cabinet, such as the Vice President, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the United States Trade Representative.

Cabinet members from each of the nine most recent presidential administrations (since the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974) are still living, including all former cabinet members from the administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The oldest living former cabinet member is Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State during the Nixon administration and the Ford administration. The youngest living former cabinet member is John King Jr., Secretary of Education during the Obama administration.

The most recent death of a former cabinet member is Ramsey Clark, Attorney General during the Johnson administration. The most recently serving former cabinet member who has died is Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy through the end of the George W. Bush administration (2001–2009).

There is one former member of Richard Nixon's Cabinet still living.

There are five former members of Gerald Ford's Cabinet still living.

There are seven former members of Jimmy Carter's Cabinet still living.

There are 13 former members of Ronald Reagan's Cabinet still living.

There are 12 former members of George H. W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

There are 21 former members of Bill Clinton's Cabinet still living.

There are 32 former members of George W. Bush's Cabinet still living.

There are 32 former members of Barack Obama's Cabinet still living.

There are 24 former members of Donald Trump's Cabinet still living.

Living former Cabinet members[edit]

Administration Name Position Tenure Birthdate Age
Richard Nixon Henry Kissinger[1] Secretary of State September 22, 1973 – August 9, 1974[a] May 27, 1923 97 years, 337 days
Gerald Ford Carla Hills Secretary of Housing and Urban Development March 10, 1975 – January 20, 1977 January 3, 1934 87 years, 116 days
Henry Kissinger[1] Secretary of State August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977 May 27, 1923 97 years, 337 days
John Knebel Secretary of Agriculture November 4, 1976 – January 20, 1977 October 4, 1936 84 years, 207 days
David Mathews Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[b] August 8, 1975 – January 20, 1977 December 6, 1935 85 years, 144 days
Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense November 20, 1975 – January 20, 1977[c] July 9, 1932 88 years, 294 days
Jimmy Carter Michael Blumenthal Secretary of the Treasury January 23, 1977 – August 4, 1979 January 3, 1926 95 years, 116 days
Joseph Califano Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare[b] January 25, 1977 – August 3, 1979 May 15, 1931 89 years, 349 days
Benjamin Civiletti Attorney General August 16, 1979 – January 19, 1981 July 17, 1935 85 years, 286 days
Charles Duncan[2] Secretary of Energy August 24, 1979 – January 20, 1981 September 9, 1926 94 years, 232 days
Neil Goldschmidt Secretary of Transportation August 15, 1979 – January 20, 1981 June 16, 1940 80 years, 317 days
Moon Landrieu Secretary of Housing and Urban Development September 24, 1979 – January 20, 1981 July 23, 1930 90 years, 280 days
Ray Marshall Secretary of Labor January 27, 1977 – January 20, 1981 August 22, 1928 92 years, 250 days
Ronald Reagan James Baker[3] Secretary of the Treasury February 4, 1985 – August 17, 1988[d] April 28, 1930 91 years, 1 day
William Bennett Secretary of Education February 6, 1985 – September 20, 1988 July 31, 1943 77 years, 300 days
John Block Secretary of Agriculture January 23, 1981 – February 14, 1986 February 15, 1935 86 years, 73 days
Nicholas Brady Secretary of the Treasury September 15, 1988 – January 20, 1989[e] April 11, 1930 91 years, 18 days
James Burnley Secretary of Transportation December 2, 1987 – January 30, 1989 July 30, 1948 72 years, 273 days
Lauro Cavazos Secretary of Education September 20, 1988 – January 20, 1989[e] January 4, 1927 94 years, 115 days
Elizabeth Dole Secretary of Transportation February 7, 1983 – September 30, 1987[f] July 29, 1936 84 years, 274 days
Ray Donovan Secretary of Labor February 4, 1981 – March 15, 1985 August 31, 1930 90 years, 241 days
John Herrington[2] Secretary of Energy February 7, 1985 – January 20, 1989 May 31, 1939 81 years, 333 days
Donald Hodel[2] Secretary of Energy
Secretary of the Interior
November 5, 1982 – February 7, 1985
February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
May 23, 1935 85 years, 341 days
Ann Korologos Secretary of Labor December 17, 1987 – January 20, 1989 November 16, 1941 79 years, 164 days
Edwin Meese Attorney General February 25, 1985 – July 5, 1988 December 2, 1931 89 years, 148 days
James Watt Secretary of the Interior January 23, 1981 – November 8, 1983 January 31, 1938 83 years, 88 days
George H. W. Bush Lamar Alexander Secretary of Education March 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993 July 3, 1940 80 years, 300 days
James Baker[3] Secretary of State January 20, 1989 – August 23, 1992 April 28, 1930 91 years, 1 day
William Barr Attorney General November 26, 1991 – January 20, 1993[g] May 23, 1950 70 years, 341 days
Nicholas Brady Secretary of the Treasury January 20, 1989 – January 17, 1993 April 11, 1930 91 years, 18 days
Andrew Card Secretary of Transportation February 24, 1992 – January 20, 1993 May 10, 1947 73 years, 354 days
Lauro Cavazos Secretary of Education January 20, 1989 – December 12, 1990 January 4, 1927 94 years, 115 days
Dick Cheney Secretary of Defense March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 January 30, 1941 80 years, 89 days
Elizabeth Dole Secretary of Labor January 25, 1989 – November 23, 1990 July 29, 1936 84 years, 274 days
Barbara Franklin Secretary of Commerce February 27, 1992 – January 20, 1993 March 19, 1940 81 years, 41 days
Lynn Martin Secretary of Labor February 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993 December 26, 1939 81 years, 124 days
Samuel Skinner Secretary of Transportation February 6, 1989 – December 15, 1991 June 10, 1938 82 years, 323 days
Louis Sullivan Secretary of Health and Human Services March 1, 1989 – January 20, 1993 November 3, 1933 87 years, 177 days
Bill Clinton Madeleine Albright[4] Secretary of State January 23, 1997 –January 20, 2001 May 15, 1937 83 years, 349 days
Bruce Babbitt Secretary of the Interior January 22, 1993 – January 2, 2001 June 27, 1938 82 years, 306 days
Henry Cisneros Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 22, 1993 – January 19, 1997 June 11, 1947 73 years, 322 days
William Cohen Secretary of Defense January 24, 1997 – January 20, 2001 August 28, 1940 80 years, 244 days
Andrew Cuomo Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 29, 1997 – January 20, 2001 December 6, 1957 63 years, 144 days
William Daley Secretary of Commerce January 30, 1997 – July 19, 2000 August 8, 1948 72 years, 264 days
Mike Espy Secretary of Agriculture January 22, 1993 – December 31, 1994 November 30, 1953 67 years, 150 days
Dan Glickman Secretary of Agriculture March 30, 1995 – January 19, 2001 November 24, 1944 76 years, 156 days
Alexis Herman Secretary of Labor May 1, 1997 – January 20, 2001 July 16, 1947 73 years, 316 days
Mickey Kantor Secretary of Commerce April 12, 1996 – January 21, 1997 August 7, 1939 81 years, 265 days
Norman Mineta Secretary of Commerce July 20, 2000 – January 20, 2001[h] November 12, 1931 89 years, 168 days
Hazel O'Leary[2] Secretary of Energy January 22, 1993 – January 20, 1997 May 17, 1937 83 years, 347 days
Federico Peña[2] Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
January 21, 1993 – February 14, 1997
March 12, 1997 – June 30, 1998
March 15, 1947 74 years, 45 days
William Perry Secretary of Defense February 3, 1994 – January 23, 1997 October 11, 1927 93 years, 200 days
Robert Reich Secretary of Labor January 22, 1993 – January 10, 1997 June 24, 1946 74 years, 309 days
Bill Richardson[2] Secretary of Energy August 18, 1998 – January 20, 2001 November 15, 1947 73 years, 165 days
Richard Riley Secretary of Education January 21, 1993 – January 20, 2001 January 2, 1933 88 years, 117 days
Robert Rubin Secretary of the Treasury January 11, 1995 – July 2, 1999 August 29, 1938 82 years, 243 days
Donna Shalala Secretary of Health and Human Services January 22, 1993 – January 20, 2001 February 14, 1941 80 years, 74 days
Rodney Slater Secretary of Transportation February 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001 February 23, 1955 66 years, 65 days
Lawrence Summers Secretary of the Treasury July 2, 1999 – January 20, 2001 November 30, 1954 66 years, 150 days
George W. Bush Spencer Abraham[2] Secretary of Energy January 20, 2001 – February 1, 2005 June 12, 1952 68 years, 321 days
John Ashcroft Attorney General February 2, 2001 – February 3, 2005 May 9, 1942 78 years, 355 days
Elaine Chao Secretary of Labor January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009[i] March 26, 1953 68 years, 34 days
Michael Chertoff Secretary of Homeland Security February 15, 2005 – January 21, 2009 November 28, 1953 67 years, 152 days
Donald Evans Secretary of Commerce January 20, 2001 – February 7, 2005 July 27, 1946 74 years, 276 days
Robert Gates Secretary of Defense December 18, 2006 – January 20, 2009[j] September 25, 1943 77 years, 216 days
Alberto Gonzales Attorney General February 3, 2005 – September 17, 2007 August 4, 1955 65 years, 268 days
Carlos Gutierrez Secretary of Commerce February 7, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 4, 1953 67 years, 176 days
Alphonso Jackson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development September 30, 2004 – April 18, 2008 September 9, 1945 75 years, 232 days
Mike Johanns Secretary of Agriculture January 21, 2005 – September 20, 2007 June 18, 1950 70 years, 315 days
Dirk Kempthorne Secretary of the Interior June 7, 2006 – January 20, 2009 October 29, 1951 69 years, 182 days
Mike Leavitt Secretary of Health and Human Services January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009 February 11, 1951 70 years, 77 days
Mel Martínez Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 24, 2001 – August 13, 2004 October 23, 1946 74 years, 188 days
Norman Mineta Secretary of Transportation January 25, 2001 – July 7, 2006 November 12, 1931 89 years, 168 days
Michael Mukasey Attorney General November 9, 2007 – January 20, 2009 July 28, 1941 79 years, 275 days
Jim Nicholson Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007 February 4, 1938 83 years, 84 days
Gale Norton Secretary of the Interior January 31, 2001 – March 31, 2006 March 11, 1954 67 years, 49 days
Rod Paige Secretary of Education January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2005 June 17, 1933 87 years, 316 days
Henry Paulson Secretary of the Treasury July 3, 2006 – January 20, 2009 March 28, 1946 75 years, 32 days
James Peake Secretary of Veterans Affairs December 20, 2007 – January 20, 2009 June 18, 1944 76 years, 315 days
Mary Peters Secretary of Transportation October 17, 2006 – January 20, 2009 December 4, 1948 72 years, 146 days
Colin Powell[5] Secretary of State January 20, 2001 – January 26, 2005 April 5, 1937 84 years, 24 days
Steve Preston Secretary of Housing and Urban Development June 5, 2008 – January 20, 2009 August 4, 1960 60 years, 268 days
Anthony Principi Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 23, 2001 – January 26, 2005 April 16, 1944 77 years, 13 days
Condoleezza Rice[6] Secretary of State January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 14, 1954 66 years, 166 days
Tom Ridge Secretary of Homeland Security January 24, 2003 – February 1, 2005 August 26, 1945 75 years, 246 days
Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense January 20, 2001 – December 18, 2006 July 9, 1932 88 years, 294 days
Ed Schafer Secretary of Agriculture January 28, 2008 – January 20, 2009 August 8, 1946 74 years, 264 days
John Snow Secretary of the Treasury February 3, 2003 – June 28, 2006 August 2, 1939 81 years, 270 days
Margaret Spellings Secretary of Education January 20, 2005 – January 20, 2009 November 30, 1957 63 years, 150 days
Tommy Thompson Secretary of Health and Human Services February 2, 2001 – January 26, 2005 November 19, 1941 79 years, 161 days
Ann Veneman Secretary of Agriculture January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2005 June 29, 1949 71 years, 304 days
Barack Obama Sylvia Mathews Burwell Secretary of Health and Human Services June 9, 2014 – January 20, 2017 June 23, 1965 55 years, 310 days
John Bryson Secretary of Commerce October 21, 2011 – June 21, 2012 July 24, 1943 77 years, 279 days
Julian Castro Secretary of Housing and Urban Development July 28, 2014 – January 20, 2017 September 16, 1974 46 years, 225 days
Ashton Carter Secretary of Defense February 17, 2015 – January 20, 2017 September 24, 1954 66 years, 217 days
Steven Chu[2] Secretary of Energy January 21, 2009 – April 22, 2013 February 28, 1948 73 years, 60 days
Hillary Clinton[7] Secretary of State January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013 October 26, 1947 73 years, 185 days
Shaun Donovan Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 26, 2009 – July 28, 2014 January 24, 1966 55 years, 95 days
Arne Duncan Secretary of Education January 21, 2009 – July 31, 2016 November 6, 1964 56 years, 174 days
Anthony Foxx Secretary of Transportation July 2, 2013 – January 20, 2017 April 30, 1971 49 years, 364 days
Robert Gates Secretary of Defense January 20, 2009 – June 30, 2011 September 25, 1943 77 years, 216 days
Timothy Geithner Secretary of the Treasury January 26, 2009 – January 25, 2013 August 18, 1961 59 years, 254 days
Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense February 27, 2013 – February 17, 2015 October 4, 1946 74 years, 207 days
Eric Holder Attorney General February 3, 2009 – April 27, 2015 January 21, 1951 70 years, 98 days
Sally Jewell Secretary of the Interior April 12, 2013 – January 20, 2017 February 21, 1956 65 years, 67 days
Jeh Johnson Secretary of Homeland Security December 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017 September 11, 1957 63 years, 230 days
John Kerry Secretary of State February 1, 2013 – January 20, 2017 December 11, 1943 77 years, 139 days
John King Jr. Secretary of Education September 14, 2016 – January 20, 2017 January 5, 1975 46 years, 114 days
Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation January 23, 2009 – July 2, 2013 December 6, 1945 75 years, 144 days
Jacob Lew Secretary of the Treasury February 28, 2013 – January 20, 2017 August 29, 1955 65 years, 243 days
Gary Locke Secretary of Commerce March 26, 2009 – August 1, 2011 January 21, 1950 71 years, 98 days
Loretta Lynch Attorney General April 27, 2015 – January 20, 2017 May 21, 1959 61 years, 343 days
Robert A. McDonald Secretary of Veterans Affairs July 30, 2014 – January 20, 2017 June 20, 1953 67 years, 313 days
Ernest Moniz Secretary of Energy May 21, 2013 – January 20, 2017 December 22, 1944 76 years, 128 days
Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security January 21, 2009 – September 6, 2013 November 29, 1957 63 years, 151 days
Leon Panetta Secretary of Defense July 1, 2011 – February 27, 2013 June 28, 1938 82 years, 305 days
Thomas Perez Secretary of Labor July 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017 October 7, 1961 59 years, 204 days
Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce June 26, 2013 – January 20, 2017 May 2, 1959 61 years, 362 days
Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior January 20, 2009 – April 12, 2013 March 2, 1955 66 years, 58 days
Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services April 28, 2009 – June 9, 2014 May 15, 1948 72 years, 349 days
Eric Shinseki Secretary of Veterans Affairs January 21, 2009 – May 30, 2014 November 28, 1942 78 years, 152 days
Hilda Solis Secretary of Labor February 24, 2009 – January 22, 2013 October 20, 1957 63 years, 191 days
Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture January 20, 2009 – January 13, 2017[k] December 13, 1950 70 years, 137 days
Donald Trump Alexander Acosta Secretary of Labor April 28, 2017 – July 19, 2019 January 16, 1969 52 years, 103 days
Alex Azar Secretary of Health and Human Services January 29, 2018 – January 20, 2021 June 17, 1967 53 years, 316 days
William Barr Attorney General February 14, 2019 – December 23, 2020 May 23, 1950 70 years, 341 days
David Bernhardt Secretary of the Interior April 11, 2019 – January 20, 2021 August 17, 1969 51 years, 255 days
Dan Brouillette Secretary of Energy December 4, 2019 – January 20, 2021 August 18, 1962 58 years, 254 days
Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development March 2, 2017 – January 20, 2021 September 18, 1951 69 years, 223 days
Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation January 31, 2017 – January 11, 2021 March 26, 1953 68 years, 34 days
Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education February 7, 2017 – January 8, 2021 January 8, 1958 63 years, 111 days
Mark Esper Secretary of Defense July 23, 2019 – November 9, 2020 April 26, 1964 57 years, 3 days
John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security January 20, 2017 – July 31, 2017 May 11, 1950 70 years, 353 days
Jim Mattis Secretary of Defense January 20, 2017 – December 31, 2018 September 8, 1950 70 years, 233 days
Steven Mnuchin Secretary of the Treasury February 13, 2017 – January 20, 2021 December 21, 1962 58 years, 129 days
Kirstjen Nielsen Secretary of Homeland Security December 6, 2017 – April 10, 2019 May 14, 1972 48 years, 350 days
Sonny Perdue Secretary of Agriculture April 25, 2017 – January 20, 2021 December 20, 1946 74 years, 130 days
Rick Perry Secretary of Energy March 2, 2017 – December 1, 2019 March 4, 1950 71 years, 56 days
Mike Pompeo Secretary of State April 26, 2018 – January 20, 2021 December 30, 1963 57 years, 120 days
Tom Price Secretary of Health and Human Services February 10, 2017 – September 29, 2017 October 8, 1954 66 years, 203 days
Wilbur Ross Secretary of Commerce February 28, 2017 – January 20, 2021 November 28, 1937 83 years, 152 days
Eugene Scalia Secretary of Labor September 30, 2019 – January 20, 2021 August 14, 1963 57 years, 258 days
Jeff Sessions Attorney General February 9, 2017 – November 7, 2018 December 24, 1946 74 years, 126 days
David Shulkin Secretary of Veterans Affairs February 14, 2017 – March 28, 2018 July 22, 1959 61 years, 353 days
Rex Tillerson Secretary of State February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 March 23, 1952 69 years, 37 days
Robert Wilkie Secretary of Veterans Affairs July 30, 2018 – January 20, 2021 August 2, 1962 58 years, 270 days
Ryan Zinke Secretary of the Interior March 1, 2017 – January 2, 2019 November 1, 1961 59 years, 179 days

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Continued in the same capacity in the Ford Administration.
  2. ^ a b Department now named Health and Human Services.
  3. ^ Later served as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush Administration.
  4. ^ Later served as Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  5. ^ a b Continued in the same capacity in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  6. ^ Later served as Secretary of Labor in the George H. W. Bush Administration.
  7. ^ Later served as Attorney General in the Trump Administration.
  8. ^ Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush Administration.
  9. ^ Later served as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump Administration.
  10. ^ Continued in the same capacity in the Obama Administration.
  11. ^ Later serves as Secretary of Agriculture in the Biden Administration.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Secretaries of Energy". Office of Management, United States Department of Energy. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: James Addison Baker III (1930–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Madeleine Korbel Albright (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Colin Luther Powell (1937–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Condoleezza Rice (1954–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947–)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved October 17, 2016.