United States Deputy Secretary of Labor

United States Deputy Secretary of Labor

United States Deputy Secretary of Labor is the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Labor. In the United States federal government, the Deputy Secretary oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department of Labor, and may act as Secretary of Labor during the absence of the Secretary. The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate and the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Seth Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to fill the position on February 23, 2009. Harris's nomination was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2009.

List of Deputy Secretaries of Labor

The following is a list of Deputy Secretaries of Labor or earlier equivalent positions.[1]

Assistant Secretary (1913–1925):
Name Term
Louis F. Post 1913–1921
Edward J. Henning 1921–1925
First Assistant Secretary (1925–1946):
Name Term
Robe C. White 1925–1933
Edward F. McGrady 1933–1937
Charles V. McLaughlin 1938–1941
Daniel W. Tracy 1941–1946
John W. Gibson (Acting) 1946
Under Secretary (1946–1986):
Name Term
Keen Johnson 1946–1947
David A. Morse 1947–1948
Michel J. Galvin 1949–1953
Lloyd A. Mashburn 1953
Arthur Larson 1954–1956
James T. O'Connell 1957–1961
W. Willard Wirtz 1961–1962
John F. Henning 1962–1967
James J. Reynolds 1967–1969
James D. Hodgson 1969–1970
Lawrence H. Silberman 1970–1973
Richard F. Schubert 1973–1975
Robert O. Aders 1975–1976
Michael Moskow 1976–1977
Robert J. Brown 1977–1980
John N. Gentry 1980–1981
Vacancy 1981–1982
Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr. 1982–1983
Vacancy 1983–1984
Ford B. Ford 1984–1986
Deputy Secretary (since 1986):
Name Term
Dennis E. Whitfield 1986–1989
Roderick DeArment 1989–1992
Delbert L. Spurlock, Jr. 1992–1993
Thomas P. Glynn 1993–1996
Cynthia A. Metzler (Acting) 1996–1997
Vacancy 1997–1998
Kathryn O. Higgins 1998–2000
Edward B. Montgomery 2000–2001
D. Cameron Findlay 2001–2003
Steven J. Law 2003–2007
Howard M. Radzely 2007–2009
Seth D. Harris 2009


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