As Joe Biden is set to take over as the 46th President of the United States on January 20th with Kamala Harris creating history as the first female, first Black, first South Asian US vice president, his cabinet picks are now making news. Biden’s 24-person Cabinet includes 13 men and 11 women and as the President elect terms it, “more than a dozen history-making appointments, including the first woman secretary of treasury, the first African American defense secretary, the first openly gay Cabinet member and the first Native American Cabinet secretary.”
A considerable number of women are key members of Biden’s key cabinet.
I am proud that we have finished naming the members of our Cabinet.
It’s a Cabinet that looks like America and taps into the full range of talents we have in our nation. pic.twitter.com/DTX53k7sUx
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 10, 2021
The White House Cabinet
A president’s Cabinet consists of
- Vice president
- Department secretaries
- Agency administrators
- Special appointments on policy.
Many of these positions, like secretaries, need to be confirmed by a Senate majority. On the other hand, appointees like the White House chief of staff or climate envoy, do not need a majority.
President-elect Biden has nominated Ambassador Samantha Power as USAID Administrator.
A leading voice for humane and principled American engagement in the world, she will rally the international community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time. pic.twitter.com/Gv9G8CLrI5
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) January 13, 2021
I’m asking Ambassador Bill Burns to lead the Central Intelligence Agency because he’s dealt with many of the thorniest global challenges we face. As a legendary career diplomat, he approached complex issues with honesty, integrity and skill. That’s exactly how he’ll lead the CIA. pic.twitter.com/ypnuH016BV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
- Vice President – kamala Harris
- Chief of staff – Ronald A Klain
- Secretary of Agriculture – Tom Vilsack (Former agriculture secretary and Iowa governor)
- Secretary of Commerce – Gov.Gina Raimondo (Governor of Rhode Island)
- Secretary of Defense – Lloyd J. Austin III (Retired Army general and U.S. Central Command chief)
- Secretary of Education – Miguel Cardona (Former Connecticut commissioner of education)
- Secretary of Energy – Jennifer Granholm (Former governor of Michigan)
- Secretary of Health and Human Resources – Xavier Becerra (California’s attorney general)
- Secretary of Homeland Security – Alejandro Mayorkas (Former Obama immigration and homeland security official)
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D) (Congresswoman from Ohio)
- Secretary of the Interior – Rep. Deb Haaland (D) (Congresswoman from New Mexico)
- Attorney General, Department of Justice – Merrick B. Garland (Federal appeals court judge)
- Secretary of Labour – Marty Walsh (Boston mayor)
- Office of Management and Budget director – Neera Tanden (President, Center for American Progress)
- Director of National Intelligence – Avril Haines (Former deputy national security adviser)
- Small Business Administration head – Isabel Guzman (Director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate)
- Secretary of State – Antony Blinken (Former deputy secretary of state and longtime Biden foreign policy aide)
- US Trade Representative – Katherine Tai (Chief trade counsel, House Ways & Means Committee)
- Secretary of Transportation – Pete Buttigieg (Former South Bend, Ind. mayor, presidential candidate)
- Secretary of the Treasury – Janet Yellen (Former chair of the Federal Reserve)
- United Nations ambassador – Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Former top U.S. diplomat to Africa and career Foreign Service officer)
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Denis McDonough (Former White House Chief of Staff)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director – Rochelle Walensky (Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital)
- Central Intelligence Agency director – William J. Burns (Former career diplomat)
- Surgeon general – Vivek H Murthy (Biden covid-19 advisory board co-chair)
- White House climate coordinator – Gina McCarthy (Former EPA administrator)
- Special envoy for climate – John F Kerry (Former secretary of state and senator from Massachusetts)
- Coronavirus coordinator – Jeff Zients (Former Obama administration official)
- Council on Environmental Quality chair – Brenda Mallory (Environmental law expert)
- White House press secretary – Jennifer Psaki (Former White House communications director)
Senior White House Roles Which Don’t Require Senate Confirmations
- Communications director – Kate Bedingfield (Fomer deputy campaign manager and a frequent spokesperson for Biden’s presidential campaign.)
- Senior adviser to Jill Biden – Anthony Bernal (Longtime adviser to Jill Biden, most recently serving as her deputy campaign manager and chief of staff.)
- Director of the National Economic Council – Brian Deese (Served as senior adviser to the president Barrack Obama)
- Senior adviser to the president – Mike Donilon (Veteran political strategist who has advised the president-elect for nearly four decades, including during Biden’s previous stint in the Obama White House.)
- Chief of staff to the vice president – Tina Flournoy (Chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
- Domestic policy adviser to the vice president – Rohini Kosoglu (Kamala Harris’s deputy chief of staff when Harris first joined the Senate in 2016)
- Deputy chief of staff – Jen O’Malley Dillon (Biden’s campaign manager earlier this year)
- Counsel to the president – Dana Remus ((Recently worked as general counsel to Biden’s presidential campaign.)
- Chief of staff to Jill Biden – Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon (Former ambassador to Uruguay who served in the State Department under Obama.)
- Steve Ricchetti – Counselor to the president (One of Biden’s most trusted strategists and served as his chief of staff when Biden was vice president.)
- Domestic Policy Council Director – Susan Rice (Worked closely with Biden during her time as President Obama’s national security adviser from 2013 to 2017.)
- Senior adviser to the president – Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D) (One of Biden’s most prominent African American allies and will also serve as Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He was an early supporter of Biden who frequently campaigned for him and appeared on television on his behalf.
- Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs – Julie Rodriguez (Deputy campaign manager on Biden’s presidential campaign.)
- Chief spokeswoman to the vice president – Symone Sanders (Was a political analyst and commentator.)
- Director of Oval Office operations – Annie Tomasini (Served as Biden’s traveling chief of staff and worked with the Bidens for over a decade.
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