Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the Federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America's housing needs, that improve and develop the nation's communities, and enforce fair housing laws. HUD's business is helping to create a decent home and suitable living environment for all Americans, and it has given America's communities a strong national voice at the Cabinet level. HUD plays a major role in supporting homeownership by underwriting homeownership for lower- and moderate-income families through its mortgage insurance programs.

The secretary of the department is appointed by the president with the Senate's approval. He or she directs and supervises all department activities. The undersecretary is the secretary's chief aide. There also are several assistant secretaries.

Term of Service
Secretary Home State Administration
1966 - 1969
Robert C. Weaver Washington L.B. Johnson
1969
Robert C. Wood Massashusetts L.B. Johnson
1969 - 1973
George W. Romney Michigan Nixon
1973 - 1974
James T. Lynn Ohio Nixon
1974 - 1975
James T. Lynn Ohio Ford
1975 - 1977
Carla Anderson Hills California Ford
1977 - 1979
Patricia Roberts Harris Washington, D.C. Carter
1979 - 1981
Moon Landrieu Louisiana Carter
1981 - 1989
Samuel R. Pierce Jr. New York Reagan
1989 - 1993
Jack F. Kemp New York G.H.W. Bush
1993 - 1997
Henry G. Cisneros Texas Clinton
1997 - 2001
Andrew Cuomo New York Clinton
2001 -
Melquiades R. Martinez Florida G.W. Bush

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