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Executive Branch
Leaders:
current and past


Old Executive Office Bldg, SW

The Old Executive Office Building, from the southwest.

* The head of the Justice Department is known as the Attorney General.     SOURCE: whitehouse.gov.



Chronology of key executive branch leaders (since World War II)

Year President Vice President Sec. of State Sec. of Treasury Sec. of Defense Attorney General (Justice) Chairman,
Federal Reserve
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Director, CIA
1945 FDR / Harry Truman Truman / - Stettinius / Byrnes Fred Vinson - Thomas Clark Marriner Eccles - -
1946 Harry Truman - James Byrnes John Snyder - Thomas Clark Marriner Eccles - Souers / Vand.
1947 Harry Truman - Byrnes / Marshall John Snyder James Forrestal Thomas Clark Marriner Eccles - H. Vandenberg
1948 Harry Truman - George Marshall John Snyder James Forrestal Thomas Clark Eccles / McCabe - R. Hillenkoetter
1949 Harry Truman Alben Barkley Marshall / Ach. John Snyder Louis Johnson Howard McGrath Thomas McCabe Omar Bradley R. Hillenkoetter
1950 Harry Truman Alben Barkley Dean Acheson John Snyder George Marshall Howard McGrath Thomas McCabe Omar Bradley W.B. Smith
1951 Harry Truman Alben Barkley Dean Acheson John Snyder Robert Lovett Howard McGrath McCabe / Martin Omar Bradley W.B. Smith
1952 Harry Truman Alben Barkley Dean Acheson John Snyder Robert Lovett J.P. McGranery William Martin Omar Bradley W.B. Smith
1953 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Geo. Humphrey Charles Wilson Herbert Brownell William Martin Bradley / Radford Smith / Dulles
1954 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Geo. Humphrey Charles Wilson Herbert Brownell William Martin A. Radford Allen Dulles
1955 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Geo. Humphrey Charles Wilson Herbert Brownell William Martin A. Radford Allen Dulles
1956 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Geo. Humphrey Charles Wilson Herbert Brownell William Martin A. Radford Allen Dulles
1957 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Robert Anderson Neil McElroy William Rogers William Martin Radford / Twining Allen Dulles
1958 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon John F. Dulles Robert Anderson Neil McElroy William Rogers William Martin Nathan Twining Allen Dulles
1959 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon Dulles / Herter Robert Anderson Thomas Gates William Rogers William Martin Nathan Twining Allen Dulles
1960 Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon Christian Herter Robert Anderson Thomas Gates William Rogers William Martin Lyman Lemnitzer Allen Dulles
1961 John Kennedy Lyndon Johnson Dean Rusk C. Douglas Dillon R. McNamara R.F. Kennedy William Martin Lyman Lemnitzer John McCone
1962 John Kennedy Lyndon Johnson Dean Rusk C. Douglas Dillon R. McNamara R.F. Kennedy William Martin Lyman Lemnitzer John McCone
1963 John Kennedy / LBJ Lyndon Johnson / - Dean Rusk C. Douglas Dillon R. McNamara R.F. Kennedy William Martin Maxwell Taylor John McCone
1964 Lyndon Johnson - Dean Rusk C. Douglas Dillon R. McNamara N. Katzenbach William Martin Maxwell Taylor John McCone
1965 Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey Dean Rusk Henry Fowler R. McNamara N. Katzenbach William Martin Earle Wheeler W. Raborn
1966 Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey Dean Rusk Henry Fowler R. McNamara N. Katzenbach William Martin Earle Wheeler Raborn / Helms
1967 Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey Dean Rusk Henry Fowler R. McNamara Ramsey Clark William Martin Earle Wheeler Richard Helms
1968 Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey Dean Rusk Joseph Barr Clark Clifford Ramsey Clark William Martin Earle Wheeler Richard Helms
1969 Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew William Rogers David Kennedy Melvin Laird John Mitchell William Martin Earle Wheeler Richard Helms
1970 Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew William Rogers David Kennedy Melvin Laird John Mitchell Martin / Burns Wheeler / Moorer Richard Helms
1971 Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew William Rogers John Connally Melvin Laird John Mitchell Arthur Burns Thomas Moorer Richard Helms
1972 Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew William Rogers George Shultz Melvin Laird R. Kleindienst Arthur Burns Thomas Moorer Richard Helms
1973 Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew / G.F. Rogers / Kissinger George Shultz E.R. / Schlesinger Elliot Richardson Arthur Burns Thomas Moorer Helms / S. / Colby
1974 Nixon / Ford Ford / Rockefeller Henry Kissinger William Simon James Schlesinger William Saxbe Arthur Burns Moorer / Brown William Colby
1975 Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller Henry Kissinger William Simon Don Rumsfeld Edward Levi Arthur Burns George Brown William Colby
1976 Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller Henry Kissinger William Simon Don Rumsfeld Edward Levi Arthur Burns George Brown Colby / Bush
1977 Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale Cyrus Vance M. Blumenthal Harold Brown Griffin Bell Arthur Burns George Brown George H.W. Bush
1978 Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale Cyrus Vance M. Blumenthal Harold Brown Griffin Bell Burns / Miller Brown / Jones Stansfield Turner
1979 Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale Cyrus Vance William Miller Harold Brown Benjamin Civiletti Miller / Volcker David Jones Stansfield Turner
1980 Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale Ed Muskie William Miller Harold Brown Benjamin Civiletti Paul Volcker David Jones Stansfield Turner
1981 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush Al Haig / Shultz Donald Regan Cap Weinberger William F. Smith Paul Volcker David Jones William Casey
1982 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz Donald Regan Cap Weinberger William F. Smith Paul Volcker Jones / Vesey William Casey
1983 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz Donald Regan Cap Weinberger William F. Smith Paul Volcker John Vesey William Casey
1984 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz Donald Regan Cap Weinberger William F. Smith Paul Volcker John Vesey William Casey
1985 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz James Baker Cap Weinberger Edwin Meese Paul Volcker Vesey / Crowe William Casey
1986 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz James Baker Cap Weinberger Edwin Meese Paul Volcker William Crowe William Casey
1987 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz James Baker Frank Carlucci Edwin Meese P.V. / Greenspan William Crowe Casey / Webster
1988 Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush George Shultz Nicholas Brady Frank Carlucci R. Thornburgh Alan Greenspan William Crowe William Webster
1989 George H.W. Bush Dan Quayle James Baker Nicholas Brady Richard Cheney R. Thornburgh Alan Greenspan Crowe / Powell William Webster
1990 George H.W. Bush Dan Quayle James Baker Nicholas Brady Richard Cheney R. Thornburgh Alan Greenspan Colin Powell William Webster
1991 George H.W. Bush Dan Quayle James Baker Nicholas Brady Richard Cheney William Barr Alan Greenspan Colin Powell Webster / Gates
1992 George H.W. Bush Dan Quayle James Baker Nicholas Brady Richard Cheney William Barr Alan Greenspan Colin Powell Robert Gates
1993 Bill Clinton Al Gore W. Christopher Lloyd Bentsen Les Aspin Janet Reno Alan Greenspan Powell / Shali. James Woolsey
1994 Bill Clinton Al Gore W. Christopher Lloyd Bentsen William Perry Janet Reno Alan Greenspan J. Shalikashvili James Woolsey
1995 Bill Clinton Al Gore W. Christopher Robert Rubin William Perry Janet Reno Alan Greenspan J. Shalikashvili Woolsey / Deutch
1996 Bill Clinton Al Gore W. Christopher Robert Rubin William Perry Janet Reno Alan Greenspan J. Shalikashvili John Deutch
1997 Bill Clinton Al Gore M. Albright Robert Rubin William Cohen Janet Reno Alan Greenspan Shali. / Shelton Deutch / Tenet
1998 Bill Clinton Al Gore M. Albright Robert Rubin William Cohen Janet Reno Alan Greenspan Henry Shelton George Tenet
1999 Bill Clinton Al Gore M. Albright Larry Summers William Cohen Janet Reno Alan Greenspan Henry Shelton George Tenet
2000 Bill Clinton Al Gore M. Albright Larry Summers William Cohen Janet Reno Alan Greenspan Henry Shelton George Tenet
2001 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Colin Powell Paul O'Neill Don Rumsfeld John Ashcroft Alan Greenspan Shelton / Myers George Tenet
2002 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Colin Powell Paul O'Neill Don Rumsfeld John Ashcroft Alan Greenspan Richard Myers George Tenet
2003 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Colin Powell John Snow Don Rumsfeld John Ashcroft Alan Greenspan Richard Myers George Tenet
2004 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Colin Powell John Snow Don Rumsfeld John Ashcroft Alan Greenspan Richard Myers Tenet / Goss
2005 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Condoleeza Rice John Snow Don Rumsfeld Alberto Gonzalez Alan Greenspan Myers / Pace Peter Goss
2006 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Condoleeza Rice Henry Paulson Don Rumsfeld / Alberto Gonzalez A.G. / Bernanke Peter Pace Goss / Hayden
2007 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Condoleeza Rice Henry Paulson Robert Gates Michael Mukasey Ben Bernanke Pace / Mullen Michael Hayden
2008 George W. Bush Richard Cheney Condoleeza Rice Henry Paulson Robert Gates Michael Mukasey Ben Bernanke Michael Mullen Michael Hayden
2009 Barack Obama Joe Biden Hillary Clinton Timothy Geithner Robert Gates Eric Holder Ben Bernanke Michael Mullen Leon Panetta
2010 Barack Obama Joe Biden Hillary Clinton Timothy Geithner Robert Gates Eric Holder Ben Bernanke Michael Mullen Leon Panetta
2011 Barack Obama Joe Biden Hillary Clinton Timothy Geithner Gates / Panetta Eric Holder Ben Bernanke Mullen / Dempsey Panetta / Petraeus
2012 Barack Obama Joe Biden Hillary Clinton Timothy Geithner Leon Panetta Eric Holder Ben Bernanke Martin Dempsey Petraeus / Morell
2013 Barack Obama Joe Biden John Kerry Jacob Lew Chuck Hagel Eric Holder Ben Bernanke Martin Dempsey John Brennan
2014 Barack Obama Joe Biden John Kerry Jacob Lew Chuck Hagel Eric Holder B.B. / Janet Yellen Martin Dempsey John Brennan
2015 Barack Obama Joe Biden John Kerry Jacob Lew Ashton Carter Holder / Lynch Janet Yellen Dempsey/Dunford John Brennan
2016 Barack Obama Joe Biden John Kerry Jacob Lew Ashton Carter Loretta Lynch Janet Yellen Joseph Dunford John Brennan
2017 Donald Trump Mike Pence Rex Tillerson Steven Mnuchin James Mattis Jeff Sessions Janet Yellen Joseph Dunford Mike Pompeo
Year President Vice President Sec. of State Sec. of Treasury Sec. of Defense Attorney General (Justice) Chairman,
Federal Reserve
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Director, CIA

NOTE: In general, officials' names are shown if they served for at least one month in the given year. Slash marks ( / ) indicate a change took place.
Years with red backgrounds are Republican administrations; years with blue backgrounds are Democratic administrations.

SOURCE: 2012 World Almanac and Book of Facts, federalreserve.gov