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Fact sheet

On August 14, 1935, the Social Security Board was run by three members. The chairman of the board was John Winant (a former Governor of New Hampshire). Winant was chairman from August 1935 until February 1937. Arthur J. Altmeyer became chairman of the board in 1937 until 1946. In 1946 a reorganization took place and the Social Security Board became the Social Security Administration. Arthur J. Altmeyer became the first Commissioner of Social Security and remained in that position until April 1953.

Commissioners of the Social Security Administration

Arthur J. Altmeyer July 16, 1946 to April 10, 1953
William L. Mitchell (Acting) April 11, 1953 to November 23, 1953
John W. Tramburg November 24, 1953 to July 31, 1954
Charles I. Schottland August 23, 1954 to December 31, 1958
William L. Mitchell February 4, 1959 to April 3, 1962
Robert M. Ball April 17, 1962 to March 17, 1973
Arthur E. Hess (Acting) March 18, 1973 to October 24, 1973
James B. Cardwell October 25, 1973 to December 12, 1977
Don I. Wortman (Acting) December 13, 1977 to October 4, 1978
Stanford G. Ross October 5, 1978 to December 31, 1979
Herbert R. Doggette (Acting) January 1, 1980 to January 2, 1980
William J. Driver January 3, 1980 to January 19, 1981
Herbert R. Doggette (Acting) January 20, 1981 to May 5, 1981
John A. Svahn May 6, 1981 to September 12, 1983
Martha A. McSteen (Acting) September 14, 1983 to June 25, 1986
Dorcas R. Hardy June 26, 1986 to July 31, 1989
Gwendolyn S. King August 1, 1989 to September 30, 1992
Louis D. Enoff (Acting) October 1, 1992 to July 18, 1993
Lawrence H. Thompson (Acting) July 19, 1993 to October 7, 1993
Shirley S. Chater October 8, 1993 to February 28, 1997
John J. Callahan (Acting) March 1, 1997 to September 28, 1997
Kenneth S. Apfel September 29, 1997 to January 20, 2001
William Halter (Acting) January 21, 2001 to March 28, 2001
Larry G. Massanari (Acting) March 29, 2001 to November 9, 2001
*Jo Anne B. Barnhart November 9, 2001 to Present

*Nominated by President Bush on July 17, 2001, and confirmed by the Senate on November 2, 2001. Sworn in on November 9, 2001, as the 14th Commissioner of Social Security.

Note: Pictures of Social Security Commissioners are available on our History page.

November 2001

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This document was archived for historical purposes at the conclusion of Commissioner Barnhart's term of office.
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