This 62 year old Cuban American is a graduate of Loyola University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the first Latino and immigrant to hold this position. Mayorkas is a distinguished lawyer in the private sector who started his public service career in white collar crime with the Department of Justice. He has led the Ebola and Zika responses, developed and implemented DACA, done much to curb human trafficking, dealt with violent crime, cyber crime, international money laundering, and fraud.
In his 30 year law career he is distinguished and revered.
In his current position he is tasked with ensuring and maintaining the public safety of American citizens. His agency is the third largest federal agency with 229,000 employees. This position was created after the 9/11attacks. There are 22 divisions in this agency. Chemical, biologic, cyber security, and nuclear threats are also included in his purview.
Cabinet member Mayorkas is often called to testify during congressional hearings.
One tough job.