For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson today hosted the Official Portrait Unveiling Ceremony in honor of former Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served as the nation’s third Secretary of Homeland Security from January 20, 2009 to September 6, 2013.
“Secretary Napolitano led the Department through some of its greatest challenges,” said Secretary Johnson. “She left behind a stronger, more integrated homeland security enterprise, and a more prepared American public. On behalf of the men and women of DHS, and on behalf of the American people, we thank her for her extraordinary service to the Department of Homeland Security.”
The official portrait, painted by Chris Saper, was commissioned by Secretary Napolitano and presented to the Department as a gift. The portrait will be displayed in the hallway of the Office of the Secretary at DHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“I am grateful to the men and women at the Department of Homeland Security who remain focused and committed to the safety and security of our country under the leadership of Secretary Johnson,” said Janet Napolitano, who currently serves as the President of the University of California.
DHS has helped transform the way we secure our nation, making our efforts more agile, proactive, and coordinated. More than a decade after its creation, DHS has combined the work of hundreds of thousands of dedicated and skilled professionals to create a safer and more secure homeland, and continue to protect our country against ever-changing threats.
For more information, visit https://www.dhs.gov/portraits-secretaries-homeland-security.
Chris Saper, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas, Former Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Johnson participate in the official portrait unveiling ceremony. (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)
Former Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers remarks at the official portrait unveiling ceremony. (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)