United States Deputy Secretary of State

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The Deputy Secretary of State of the United States is the chief assistant to the Secretary of State who is responsible for foreign affairs. If the Secretary of State resigns or dies, the Deputy Secretary of State becomes Acting Secretary of State until the President and Senate appoint a replacement.

The position was created in 1972.

The current Deputy Secretary of State is Robert B. Zoellick, under Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

List of Deputy Secretaries of state:

John N. Irwin IINew YorkJuly 13, 1972 February 1, 1973
Kenneth Rush New York February 2, 1973 May 29, 1974
Robert S. Ingersoll Illinois July 10, 1974 March 31, 1976
Charles W. Robinson California April 9, 1976 January 20, 1977
Warren Christopher California February 26, 1977 January 16, 1981
William P. Clark California February 25, 1981 February 9, 1982
Walter John Stoessel Jr. California February 11, 1982 September 22, 1982
Kenneth W. Dam Illinois September 23, 1982 June 15, 1985
John C. Whitehead New Jersey July 9, 1985 January 20, 1989
Lawrence Eagleburger Florida January 20 1989 August 19, 1992
Clifton R. Wharton Jr. New York January 27, 1993 November 8, 1993
Strobe Talbott Ohio February 23, 1994 January 19, 2001
Richard Armitage Virginia March 26, 2001 February 22, 2005
Robert Zoellick Illinois February 22, 2005 Present
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