United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Deputy Secretary of Commerce of the United States of America

Seal of the Department of Commerce

Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Bruce H. Andrews

since July 24, 2014
U.S. Department of Commerce
Member of U.S. Department of Commerce
Reports to U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Seat Washington, D.C., U.S.
Formation December 13, 1979
First holder Sidney Harman
Website www.Commerce.gov

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 $6.5 billion budget, 13 operating units, and 38,000 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

# 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 F. Wright 1981 1982 Ronald Reagan
4 Guy W. Fiske 1982 1983
5 Clarence J. Brown, Jr. 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 John A. Rollwagen 1993 1997 Bill Clinton
10 Robert L. Mallett 1997 2001
11 Samuel W. Bodman 2001 2003 George W. Bush
12 Theodore W. Kassinger 2004 2005
13 David A. Sampson 2005 2007
14 John J. Sullivan 2008 2009
15 Dennis F. Hightower 2009 2010 Barack Obama
16 Rebecca Blank 2010 June 1, 2013
Patrick D. Gallagher
June 1, 2013 July 24, 2014
17 Bruce H. Andrews July 24, 2014 Incumbent
18 Todd Ricketts (nominee) TBD Donald Trump


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