Deputy Secretary of State
The Deputy Secretary, John J. Sullivan, serves as the principal deputy, adviser, and alter ego to the Secretary of State; serves as Acting Secretary of State in the Secretary's absence; and assists the Secretary in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy and in giving general supervision and direction to all elements of the Department. Specific duties and supervisory responsibilities have varied over time.
With his family and U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. looking on, John Sullivan signs his
appointment papers to become the new Deputy Secretary of State at a ceremony at the
U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2017. State Department photo