United States Deputy Secretary of Energy

Deputy Secretary of Energy

Seal of the U. S. Department of Energy
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

since October 10, 2014
United States Department of Energy
Member of U. S. Department of Energy
Reports to U. S. Secretary of Energy
Seat Washington, D.C., United States
Appointer President of the United States
Website www.Energy.gov

The Deputy Secretary of Energy is a high-ranking position within the United States Department of Energy. The Deputy Secretary is the second-highest-ranking official of the Department and assists the Secretary of Energy in the supervision and direction of the Department. The Deputy Secretary succeeds the Secretary in his absence, sickness, or unavailability.

The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate to serve at the request of the President. The current Deputy Secretary is Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who was appointed by President of the United States Barack Obama on July 8, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate on September 18, 2014.


The position of Deputy Secretary of Energy was formed on October 1, 1977 with the creation of the Department of Energy when President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act.[1]

Deputy Secretaries of Energy[2]

No. Name Took office Left office
1 O'Leary, John F.John F. O'Leary October 21, 1977 September 30, 1979
2 Sawhill, John C.John C. Sawhill October 4, 1979 October 8, 1980
3 Lynn Coleman December 23, 1980 January 20, 1981
4 William Kenneth Davis May 14, 1981 January 13, 1983
5 Boggs, Danny J.Danny J. Boggs November 3, 1983 March 25, 1986
6 William F. Martin June 6, 1986 June 6, 1988
7 Joseph F. Salgado May 21, 1988 January 20, 1989
8 Moore, W. HensonW. Henson Moore April 12, 1989 January 31, 1992
9 Linda Stuntz January 31, 1992 January 22, 1993
10 William H. White June 26, 1993
Frank Blake May 2001 April 2002
Clay Sell March 17, 2005 February 29, 2008
Jeffrey Kupfer* March 1, 2008 January 20, 2009
Daniel Poneman May 18, 2009 October 5, 2014
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall October 10, 2014 Incumbent


Other former Deputy Secretaries include Charles B. Curtis who served in that post from 1995 to 1997.


  1. "Origins". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. Terrence R. Fehner; Jack M. Hall, Department of Energy 1997-1994, a summary history (PDF)
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