United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce of the United States of America
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Karen Dunn Kelley

since November 28, 2018
U.S. Department of Commerce
Member ofU.S. Department of Commerce
Reports toU.S. Secretary of Commerce
SeatWashington, D.C., U.S.
FormationDecember 13, 1979
First holderSidney Harman

The Deputy Secretary of Commerce is a high-ranking position within the U.S. 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 $11.4 billion budget, 13 operating units, and 46,000 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.

Rebecca M. Blank was the Deputy Secretary of Commerce until she stepped down on May 31, 2013. She was confirmed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate in March 2012. She had been serving as acting deputy secretary since November 18, 2010.[1] She replaced Dennis F. Hightower, who was Deputy Secretary of Commerce from August 2009 to August 2010.[2]

Patrick D. Gallagher was appointed acting deputy secretary on June 1, 2013.[3] Bruce H. Andrews was confirmed as the next deputy secretary on July 24, 2014.

List of Deputy Secretaries of Commerce[edit]

# Name Term Began Term Ended President(s) served under
1 Sidney Harman 1977 1980 Jimmy Carter
2 Luther H. Hodges Jr. 1980 1981
3 Joseph Robert Wright Jr. 1981 1982 Ronald Reagan
4 Guy W. Fiske 1982 1983
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Bud Brown
1983 1988
6 Donna F. Tuttle 1988 1989
7 Thomas J. Murrin 1989 1991 George H. W. Bush
8 Rockwell A. Schnabel 1991 1993
9 David J. Barram 1993 1996 Bill Clinton
10 Robert L. Mallett 1997 2001
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Samuel Bodman
2001 2004 George W. Bush
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Theodore Kassinger
2004 2005
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David A. Sampson
2005 2007
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John J. Sullivan
2008 2009
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Dennis Hightower
2009 2010 Barack Obama
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Rebecca Blank
2010 June 1, 2013
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Patrick D. Gallagher
June 1, 2013 July 24, 2014
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Bruce H. Andrews
July 24, 2014 January 20, 2017
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Karen Dunn Kelley
November 28, 2018 Donald Trump


  1. ^ "Rebecca M. Blank, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce". United States Department of Commerce. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  2. ^ "Dennis F. Hightower Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Commerce". United States Department of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  3. ^ http://www.commerce.gov/about-commerce/commerce-leadership/patrick-gallagher

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