The United States Secretary of Commerce is the head of the United States Department of Commerce.
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The Secretary is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate and serves at the President's pleasure.
The United States Senate is a legislative chamber in the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the House of Representatives makes up the U.S. Congress.
Advice and consent is an English phrase frequently used in enacting formulae of bills and in other legal or constitutional contexts.
A president is the leader of a country or a division or part of a country, typically a republic, a democracy, or a dictatorship.
A member of the President's Cabinet, the Secretary is concerned with promoting American businesses and industries; the Department states its mission to be "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce".
Until 1913 there was one Secretary of Commerce and Labor, uniting this department with the Department of Labor, which is now headed by a separate Secretary of Labor.