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Year Founded: 1889

Mission Statement: "We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management"

Leader: Mel Ellis- NC Representative

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Agriculture Committee

Interest Group: Farmers Market Coalition

Department of Defense

Year Founded: 1949

Mission Statement: "The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country"

Leader: Mad Dog Mattis

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Armed Services

Interest Group: Center of Security Policy

Department of Commerce

Year Founded: 1903

Mission Statement: "The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities, and workers"

Leader: Penny Pritzker

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Energy and Commerce

Interest Group: United States Women's Chamber of Commerce

Department of Energy

Year Founded: 1977

Mission Statement: "The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for advancing the national, economic and energy security of the United States through the implementation of policies regarding nuclear power, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources."

Leader: James Richard Perry

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Energy and Commerce Committee

Interest Group: American Energy Alliance

Department of State

Year Founded: 1789

Mission Statement: "The Department's mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. This mission is shared with the USAID, ensuring we have a common path forward in partnership as we invest in the shared security and prosperity that will ultimately better prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow."

Leader: Rex Tillerson

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Foreign Affairs Committee

Interest Group: American Foreign Service Association

Department of Treasury

Year Founded: 1789

Mission Statement: "Maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively."

Leader: Steven T. Mnuchin

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Small Business

Interest Group: Workplace Fairness

Department of Justice

Year Founded: 1870

Mission Statement: "To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

Leader: Jeff Sessions

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Judiciary Committee

Interest Group: The National Criminal Justice Association

Department of Interior

Year Founded: 1849

Mission Statement: "The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities."

Leader: Ryan Zinke

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Environment and Public Works Committee

Interest Group: Ocean Champions

Department of Labor

Year Founded: 1913

Mission Statement: "To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights."

Leader: Alexander Acosta

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Interest Group: AFL, American Federation of Labor

Department of Health and Human Services

Year Founded: 1953

Mission Statement: "The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services."

Leader: Thomas Price

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Interest Group: Citizens for Health

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Year Founded: 1965

Mission Statement: "The mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all."

Leader: Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee

Interest Group: National Association of Realtors

Department of Transportation

Year Founded: 1966

Mission Statement: "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."

Leader: Elaine L. Chao

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate):Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Interest Group: United Auto Workers

Department of Education

Year Founded: 1979

Mission Statement: "ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access."

Leader: Betsy DeVos

Iron Triangle: Congress (House): Education and the Workforce Committee

Interest Group: American Federation of Teachers

Department of Veteran Affairs

Year Founded: 1989

Mission Statement: "To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans."

Leader: David J. Shulkin

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Veterans' Affairs Committee

Interest Group: Veterans of Foreign Wars

Department of Homeland Security

Year Founded: 2003

Mission Statement: "Missions include preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience."

Leader: John F. Kelly

Iron Triangle: Congress (Senate): Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Interest Group: Keep America Safe

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