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Secretary of State of the United States of America
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Incumbent
Walter Larson
Department U.S. Department of State
Reports to The President
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Formation July 27, 1789
First holder Thomas Jefferson
Succession Fourth
(presidential line of succession)
Deputy Deputy Secretary of State
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
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The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign affairs and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is a member of the President's Cabinet, the National Security Council, and is the highest-ranking appointed executive branch official both in the presidential line of succession and the order of precedence.

The Secretary of State along with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General are generally regarded as the four most important cabinet members because of the importance of their respective departments. Secretary of State is a Level I position in the Executive Schedule and thus earns the salary prescribed for that level.

The current Secretary of State is Walter Larson.

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
President pro tempore of the Senate
4th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of the Treasury
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