Alphonso Jackson

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Alphonso Jackson
13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
From: March 31, 2004 – April 18, 2008
President George W. Bush
Predecessor Mel Martinez
Successor Steve Preston
Party Republican

Alphonso Roy Jackson (born September 9, 1945) served as the 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A Republican, he was the fourth African American to hold that position.

Life and career

Jackson was born in Marshall, Texas and grew up in South Dallas. He earned a B.A. from Truman State University in 1968 and a master's degree from there in 1969. He then earned a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1973. In 1977 he became Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis. He served as Director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 1996, Jackson served as head of the Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, Texas. Jackson served as President of American Electric Power-TEXAS before joining the Bush Administration in June 2001 as HUD's Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

Jackson was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2004. In 2008, he announced his resignation, effective April 18, 2008.

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