Mark Esper Bio
Mark Thomas Esper is an American politician and is now Defense Secretary
He has served as the 23rd United States Secretary of the Army since 2017. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president of government relations at Raytheon. On June 18, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump named Esper to become Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense, succeeding Patrick Shanahan. Before Shanahan withdrew his name from consideration for the position, Esper had been considered a leading candidate for the nomination, had the Senate declined to confirm Shanahan
Former Raytheon VP Mark Esper to being acting SecDef during time of heightened tensions with Iran. https://t.co/5yXhRJf642
— Ryan Bohl (@Ryan_Bohl) June 18, 2019
Mark Esper Age
He is 56 years old
Esper graduated from Laurel Highlands High School in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1986. Esper was a Dean’s List student at West Point and recipient of the Douglas MacArthur Award for Leadership. He received a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1995 and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Washington University in 2008.
A quick bio on new acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper: Army infantry officer in 1991 Gulf War, congressional staffer, Raytheon executive. A 1986 West Point grad, where one of his classmates was Mike Pompeo. https://t.co/nW947nFjBy
— Greg Myre (@gregmyre1) June 18, 2019
Mark Esper New Defense Sacritry
Late Wednesday evening, the Pentagon announced that Esper, who was tapped this week to replace Patrick Shanahan as the department’s top official, will travel to NATO for next week’s defense ministerial.
JUST IN: Trump says Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process, Mark Esper to replace him pic.twitter.com/5jyttMstMy
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 18, 2019
“As previously announced, Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark Esper, will become the Acting Secretary of Defense on Monday, June 24 at 12:01 a.m. He will travel to the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium later that week,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman wrote in a statement.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Esper graduated from the US Military Academy in 1986 and served in the Army for over a decade after completing Ranger and Pathfinder training.
- Republican Rep. Mark Green told Fox News that Esper was a classmate of his and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s at West Point.
- “I think Mark will do a fantastic job,” Green said. “I think he gets what’s going on in the world, and he understands the DoD’s role.”
- He served during the Gulf War with the 101st Airborne Division and later commanded an airborne rifle company while stationed in Europe.
- Esper returned from active duty and served in both the Virginia and District of Columbia National Guard, and Army Reserve before he retired in 2007.
- Esper received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
- He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree at Harvard University and a doctorate in Public Policy at George Washington University.
- He has been married to his wife Leah for 28 years. The pair has three adult children.