United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

The United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is the second-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Agriculture, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.[1] The Deputy Secretary becomes Acting Secretary of Agriculture in the event of the Secretary's resignation, death, or otherwise inability to fulfill the duties of the position. The Deputy Secretary performs whatever duties are prescribed to him or her by the Secretary of Agriculture.[2] The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is paid at level II of the Executive Schedule,[3] meaning he or she receives a basic salary of $177,000 annually.[4]

The position of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture was originally called the Under Secretary of Agriculture, until the title was changed in 1976.[5] Previous Deputy Secretaries by recency include Chuck Conner (September 2005 - January 2009),[6] Jim Moseley (August 2001 – April 2005),[7] Richard Rominger (May 1993 – January 2001),[8] Ann Veneman (1991–1993),[9] and Jack Parnell (1989–1991).[10]

In February 2009, President Obama nominated Kathleen Merrigan to be the next Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and she was confirmed as Deputy Secretary by the Senate on April 2, 2009.[11] She was sworn into office on April 8, 2009.[12]


  1. ^ "US CODE: Title 7,2210. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; appointment". http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode07/usc_sec_07_00002210----000-.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  2. ^ "US CODE: Title 7,2211. Powers and duties of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture". http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode07/usc_sec_07_00002211----000-.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 5,5313. Positions at level II". http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode05/usc_sec_05_00005313----000-.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Salary Table 2009-EX". http://www.opm.gov/oca/09tables/html/ex.asp. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "US CODE: Title 7,2210. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; appointment". http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode07/usc_sec_07_00002210----000-notes.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  6. ^ http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=bios_conner.xml
  7. ^ "Moseley, Jim". Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070913000127/http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/13009.htm. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  8. ^ "USDA NEWS\VOL 60 NO. 5\Roundup\Jim Moseley". http://www.usda.gov/news/pubs/newslett/old/vol60no5/moseley.htm. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman". http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/government/veneman-bio.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Bush Administration Official to Speak on Campus". Archived from the original on June 20, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070620173315/http://calpolynews.calpoly.edu/news_releases/2001/2001_news_releases/01general/agbush.html. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
  11. ^ Abbott, Charles (April 3, 2009). "Senate approves Merrigan as deputy ag secretary". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5323NS20090403. 
  12. ^ http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB/.cmd/ad/.ar/sa.retrievecontent/.c/6_2_1UH/.ce/7_2_5JM/.p/5_2_4TQ/_th/J_2_9D/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?PC_7_2_5JM_contentid=2009%2F04%2F0095.xml&PC_7_2_5JM_parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&PC_7_2_5JM_navid=NEWS_RELEASE

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