|Secretary of the Interior of the United States|
Seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Flag of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior
|United States Department of the Interior|
|Reports to||The President|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||43 U.S.C. § 1451|
|Formation||March 3, 1849|
|First holder||Thomas Ewing|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of the Interior|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources; it oversees such agencies as the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Geological Survey, and the National Park Service. The Secretary also serves on and appoints the private citizens on the National Park Foundation board. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.
The U.S. Department of the Interior should not be confused with the Ministries of the Interior as used in many other countries. Ministries of the Interior in these other countries correspond primarily to the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Cabinet and secondarily to the Department of Justice.
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the western United States, the Secretary of the Interior has typically come from a western state; only one of the individuals to hold the office since 1949 is not identified with a state lying west of the Mississippi River.
The line of succession for the Secretary of Interior is as follows:
acting Secretary of the InteriorDenotes
As of December 2017, eight former Secretaries of the Interior are alive, the oldest being Manuel Lujan, Jr. (served 1989-1993, born 1928). The most recent to die was Cecil D. Andrus (served 1977-1981, born 1931), on August 23, 2017.
|Name||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|James G. Watt||1981-1983||January 31, 1938|
|Donald P. Hodel||1985-1989||May 23, 1935|
|Manuel Lujan, Jr.||1989-1993||May 12, 1928|
|Bruce E. Babbitt||1993-2001||June 27, 1938|
|Gale A. Norton||2001-2006||March 11, 1954|
|Dirk Kempthorne||2006-2009||October 29, 1951|
|Ken Salazar||2009-2013||March 2, 1955|
|Sally Jewell||2013-2017||February 21, 1956|
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Attorney General
|Order of Precedence of the United States
as Secretary of the Interior
as Secretary of Agriculture
|Current U.S. presidential line of succession|
|8th in line||Succeeded by
Secretary of Agriculture