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U.S. Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare (1953–1979) and HHS (1980–Present)

Secretary

Tenure

President

1. Oveta Culp Hobby

1953–1955

Eisenhower

2. Marion B. Folsom

1955–1958

Eisenhower

3. Arthur S. Flemming

1958–1961

Eisenhower

4. Abraham I. Ribicoff

1961–1962

Kennedy

5. Anthony J. Celebrezze

1962–1965

Kennedy–Johnson

6. John W. Gardner

1965–1968

Johnson

7. Wilbur J. Cohen

1968–1969

Johnson

8. Robert H. Finch

1969–1970

Nixon

9. Elliot L. Richardson

1970–1973

Nixon

10. Caspar Weinberger

1973–1975

Nixon–Ford

11. F. David Mathews

1975–1977

Ford

12. Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

1977–1979

Carter

13. Patricia Roberts Harris

1979–1981

Carter

14. Richard S. Schweiker

1981–1983

Reagan

15. Margaret O. Heckler

1983–1985

Reagan

16. Otis R. Bowen

1985–1989

Reagan

17. Louis W. Sullivan

1989–1993

G. H. W. Bush

18. Donna E. Shalala

1993–2001

Clinton

19. Tommy G. Thompson

2001–2005

G. W. Bush

20. Michael O. Leavitt

2005–present

G. W. Bush

NOTE: The dark line in the table represents the point at which the department’s name changed from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education was established as a separate entity.



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D U.S. Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare (1953–1979) and HHS (1980–Present) Secretary Tenure President 1. Oveta Culp Hobby 1953–1955 Eisenhower 2. Marion B. Folsom 1955–1958 Eisenhower 3. Arthur S. Flemming 1958–1961 Eisenhower 4. Abraham I. Ribicoff 1961–1962 Kennedy 5. Anthony J. Celebrezze 1962–1965 Kennedy–Johnson 6. John W. Gardner 1965–1968 Johnson 7. Wilbur J. Cohen 1968–1969 Johnson 8. Robert H. Finch 1969–1970 Nixon 9. Elliot L. Richardson 1970–1973 Nixon 10. Caspar Weinberger 1973–1975 Nixon–Ford 11. F. David Mathews 1975–1977 Ford 12. Joseph A. Califano, Jr. 1977–1979 Carter 13. Patricia Roberts Harris 1979–1981 Carter 14. Richard S. Schweiker 1981–1983 Reagan 15. Margaret O. Heckler 1983–1985 Reagan 16. Otis R. Bowen 1985–1989 Reagan 17. Louis W. Sullivan 1989–1993 G. H. W. Bush 18. Donna E. Shalala 1993–2001 Clinton 19. Tommy G. Thompson 2001–2005 G. W. Bush 20. Michael O. Leavitt 2005–present G. W. Bush NOTE: The dark line in the table represents the point at which the department’s name changed from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education was established as a sepa- rate entity. 169

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