United States Deputy Secretary of State

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Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America
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John J. Sullivan

since May 24, 2017
Department of State
Reports to The United States Secretary of State
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Formation July 13, 1972
First holder John N. Irwin II
Salary Executive Schedule, Level 2
Website Official website

The Deputy Secretary of State of the United States is the principal deputy to the Secretary of State.[1] If the Secretary of State resigns or dies, the Deputy Secretary of State becomes Acting Secretary of State until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a replacement. The position was created in 1972. Prior to July 13, 1972, the Under Secretary of State had been the second ranking officer of the Department of State. The position is held by John J. Sullivan.

The State Department is the only federal Cabinet-level agency with two co-equal Deputy Secretaries. (See Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.) This Deputy Secretary of State office is the "first assistant" for the purposes of the Vacancies Reform Act, but both Deputy Secretaries have full delegated authority to act for the Secretary, if not otherwise prohibited by law.

List of Deputy Secretaries of State

# Image Name Term Began Term Ended President(s) served under
1 John N. Irwin, II.jpg John N. Irwin II July 13, 1972 February 1, 1973 Richard Nixon
2 Kenneth-Rush-1977.jpg Kenneth Rush February 2, 1973 May 29, 1974
3 Robert S. Ingersoll.jpg Robert S. Ingersoll July 10, 1974 March 31, 1976
Gerald Ford
4 Charles W. Robinson.JPG Charles W. Robinson April 9, 1976 January 20, 1977
5 Warren Christopher.jpg Warren Christopher February 26, 1977 January 16, 1981 Jimmy Carter
6 William patrick clark.png William P. Clark February 25, 1981 February 9, 1982 Ronald Reagan
7 Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.jpg Walter J. Stoessel February 11, 1982 September 22, 1982
8 Kenneth Dam.jpg Kenneth W. Dam September 23, 1982 June 15, 1985
9 John C Whitehead.png John C. Whitehead July 9, 1985 January 20, 1989
10 Lawrence Eagleburger.jpg Lawrence Eagleburger January 20, 1989 December 8, 1992 George H. W. Bush
11 CRW JR 1987.JPG Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. January 27, 1993 November 8, 1993 Bill Clinton
12 StrobeTalbott.jpg Strobe Talbott February 22, 1994 January 19, 2001
13 Richard L. Armitage.jpeg Richard Armitage March 26, 2001 February 22, 2005 George W. Bush
14 Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick February 22, 2005 July 7, 2006
15 John Negroponte official portrait State.jpg John Negroponte February 13, 2007 January 19, 2009
16 Jim Steinberg.jpg Jim Steinberg January 28, 2009 July 28, 2011 Barack Obama
17 AmbassadorBurns.jpg William J. Burns July 28, 2011 November 3, 2014
Wendy R. Sherman.jpg Wendy R. Sherman
November 3, 2014 January 9, 2015
18 Antony Blinken.jpg Tony Blinken January 9, 2015 January 20, 2017
Ambassador Thomas Shannon.jpg Tom Shannon
February 1, 2017 May 24, 2017 Donald Trump
19 John J Sullivan.jpg John Sullivan May 24, 2017 Incumbent


  1. ^ "1 FAM 030 Office of the Deputy Secretary of State (D)". U.S. Department of State. April 9, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2017.

External links

  • Official website
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