David L. Norquist

Donald Trump Administration

31 July 2019-9 February 2021

David L. Norquist was sworn in as the 34th Deputy Secretary of Defense on 31 July 2019. He is the third Deputy to serve during the Donald J. Trump administration. He was born on 24 November 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts. He earned a BA in political science and an MA in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. He also earned an MA in national security studies from Georgetown University in 1995.

Mr. Norquist began his government career in 1989 as a Presidential Fellow and CCP Program/Budget Analyst for the Department of the Army. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the Director for Resource Management for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. In 1997, he became a professional staffer on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Mr. Norquist joined the Defense Department in 2002 as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and he served in this position until 2006 when he became the first Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. He left the government in 2008 to become a partner at  Kearney and Company, a certified public accounting firm.

Mr. Norquist returned to the Defense Department in 2017 as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He also performed the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1 January 2019 to 23 July 2019 when he became the nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary. The Senate confirmed him on 30 July 2019.