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United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with health matters. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Until 1979, there was one Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, uniting this department with the Department of Education, which is now headed by a separate Secretary of Education.

Secretaries of Health and Human Services
Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Patricia Roberts Harris August 3, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Richard Schultz Schweiker January 22, 1981 - February 3, 1983 Ronald Reagan
Margaret Mary O'Shaughnessy Heckler March 9, 1983 - December 13, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Otis Raymond Bowen December 13, 1985 - January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
Louis Wade Sullivan March 1, 1989 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Donna Edna Shalala January 22, 1993 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Tommy George Thompson February 2, 2001 - present George W. Bush