Steven Dillingham

Steven Dillingham served as the 25th director of the United States Census Bureau from January 7, 2019 to January 20, 2021.

Steven Dillingham
Steve Dillingham official photo.jpg
25th Director of the United States Census Bureau
In office
January 7, 2019 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRon S. Jarmin
Preceded byRon S. Jarmin (Acting)
Succeeded byRon S. Jarmin (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1952-05-12) May 12, 1952 (age 68)
Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.
EducationWinthrop University (BA)
University of South Carolina (JD, MPA, PhD)
George Washington University (MBA)
Georgetown University (LLM)


Dillingham graduated from Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1970. From 1970 to 1972 he attended the US Air Force Academy. Dillingham graduated from Winthrop University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his J.D., M.P.A., and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and completed his M.B.A. at the George Washington University School of Business and LL.M. at Georgetown Law.[1]


Dillingham is a career member of the U.S. federal government's Senior Executive Service, with more than 25 years of statistical, research, senior management, and legal experience. Dillingham's prior experience heading federal statistical service agencies includes a stint as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Dillingham also served as Director of the Peace Corps Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning. Other federal service includes directing research and planning for the Department of Justice's United States Trustee Program, and directing surveys for the Office of Personnel Management.[1] 

In addition, Dillingham was the deputy director for the National District Attorneys Association and administrator of the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Dillingham has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and George Mason University. He is a senior certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.[1]

U.S. CensusEdit

Dillingham was sworn in as the 25th director of the United States Census Bureau on January 7, 2019.[1] He was nominated by President Donald Trump in 2018 and was confirmed by the United States Senate in a unanimous vote on January 2, 2019.[2][3] On January 18, 2021, Dillingham announced his retirement effective January 20, 2021,[4] which coincides with the inauguration of Joe Biden.[citation needed] He left office on January 20, 2021.


  1. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "Dr. Steven Dillingham". Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Winthrop Alumnus Confirmed as Census Bureau Director". Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Steven Dillingham Confirmed as Director of the Census". Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. ^ Dr. Steven Dillingham, Director - United States Census Bureau. "Director's Blog: Farewell (archived)". Archived from the original on January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2021.

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