The Secretary of Homeland Security portraits are a tribute to the Secretaries' service to the Department and the nation, as well as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s legacy. Portraits are displayed at DHS Headquarters in Washington.
Message from Secretary Mayorkas and Deputy Secretary Tien on Operation Allies Welcome, One Year Later
Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) represents the best of our nation’s values and character and our tradition as a place of welcome and belonging.
Alejandro Mayorkas was officially sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas took the oath this afternoon after the Senate voted to confirm him.
Kirstjen Michele Nielsen was sworn in on December 6, 2017 as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security and served until April 10, 2019. She previously served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Secretary Nielsen joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. In that position, she was responsible for advising the Secretary on all operational, policy, and legal matters, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and border security.
Secretary John F. Kelly was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, he was commissioned an Officer of Marines.