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John S. Herrington

John S. Herrington
5th United States Secretary of Energy
In office
February 7, 1985 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Donald P. Hodel
Succeeded by James D. Watkins
Personal details
Born (1939-05-31) May 31, 1939
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lois Haight Herrington
Alma mater Stanford University
UC Berkeley School of Law

John Stewart Herrington (born May 31, 1939) is an American Republican politician. He served as the United States Secretary of Energy under Ronald Reagan during his second term.


Herrington was born in Los Angeles, California, and earned his A.B. at Stanford University in 1961 and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1964. While attending Stanford University, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He practiced law privately as an attorney from 1965 to 1981, primarily in San Francisco, and publicly as deputy district attorney of Ventura County.

In the Reagan Administration, Herrington served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1981 to 1983, deputy assistant for presidential personnel from 1983 to 1985, and Secretary of Energy from 1985 to 1989.

After government service, Herrington was the Chairman of Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc. Herrington remains active in politics in his

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