Secretaries of Commerce

Department of Commerce Seal An independent Department of Commerce was established in 1913, when the Department of Commerce and Labor was divided into two separate agencies.

The composition of the department has changed many times over the years, but in 2003 included the following bureaus: Bureau of Industry and Security, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of the Census, Economic Development Administration, International Trade Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Patent and Trademark Office, Technology Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Technical Information Service.

Term of Service
Secretary
Home State
Administration
1913 - 1919
William C. RedfieldNew YorkWilson
1919 - 1921
Joshua W. AlexanderMissouriWilson
1921 - 1923
Herbert C. HooverCaliforniaHarding
1923 - 1928
Herbert C. HooverCaliforniaCoolidge
1928 - 1929
William F. WhitingMassachusettsCoolidge
1929 - 1932
Robert P. LamontIllinoisHoover
1932 - 1933
Roy D. ChapinMichiganHoover
1933 - 1938
Daniel C. RoperSouth CarolinaF.D. Roosevelt
1938 - 1940
Harry HopkinsNew YorkF.D. Roosevelt
1940 - 1945
Jesse JonesTexasF.D. Roosevelt
1945
Henry A. WallaceIowaF.D. Roosevelt
1945 - 1947
Henry A. WallaceIowaTruman
1947 - 1948
W. Averell HarrimanNew YorkTruman
1948 - 1953
Charles SawyerOhioTruman
1953 - 1958
Sinclair WeeksMassachusettsEisenhower
1958 - 1959
Lewis L. StraussNew YorkEisenhower
1959 - 1961
Frederick H. MuellerMichiganEisenhower
1961 - 1963
Luther H. HodgesNorth CarolinaKennedy
1963 - 1965
Luther H. HodgesNorth CarolinaL.B. Johnson
1965 - 1967
John T. ConnerNew JerseyL.B. Johnson
1967 - 1968
Alex B. TrowbridgeNew JerseyL.B. Johnson
1968 - 1969
Cyrus R. SmithNew YorkL.B. Johnson
1969 - 1972
Maurice H. StansMinnesotaNixon
1972 - 1973
Peter G. PetersonIllinoisNixon
1973 - 1974
Frederick B. DentSouth CarolinaNixon
1974 - 1975
Frederick B. DentSouth CarolinaFord
1975
Rogers C.B. MortonMarylandFord
1975 - 1977
Elliot L. RichardsonMassachusettsFord
1977 - 1979
Juanita M. KrepsNorth CarolinaCarter
1979 - 1981
Phillip M. KlutznickIllinoisCarter
1981 - 1987
Malcolm BaldrigeConnecticutReagan
1987 - 1989
C. William Verity, Jr.OhioReagan
1989 - 1991
Robert A. MosbacherTexasG.H.W. Bush
1991 - 1993
Barbara H. FranklinPennsylvaniaG.H.W. Bush
1993 - 1996
Ronald H. BrownWashington, D.C.Clinton
1996 - 1997
Mickey CantorCaliforniaClinton
1997 - 2000
William DaleyIllinoisClinton
2000 - 2001
Norman Y. MinetaCaliforniaClinton
2001 - 2004
Donald L. EvansTexasG.W. Bush
2004-2008
Carlos GutierrezMichiganG.W. Bush

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