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United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Style  Mr. Secretary
Reports to  The President
Term length  No fixed term
Member of  Cabinet
Seat  Washington, D.C., U.S.
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Appointer  The President with Senate advice and consent

The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a member of the President's Cabinet, and twelfth in the Presidential line of succession. The post was created with the formation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 9, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (Pub.L. 89–174) into law. The Department's mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination."

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Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position. The department was also the first Cabinet department to be headed by an African American woman, Patricia Roberts Harris, in 1977. Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic HUD Secretary in 1993.

Julian Castro was confirmed by Senate on July 9, 2014, and assumed office on July 28, 2014, succeeding Shaun Donovan, who was nominated to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ben Carson was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill this role. Carson was approved by the Senate on March 2, 2017.

List of Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

Parties

  Democratic (8)   Republican (9)

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Living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

As of April 2017, there are nine living former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, the oldest being Maurice E. Landrieu (served 1979–1981, born 1930). The most recent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to die was James T. Lynn (served 1973–1975, born 1927), who died on December 6, 2010. The most recently-serving Secretary to die was Jack Kemp (served 1989-1993, born 1935) on May 2, 2009.

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United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Wikipedia


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