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Meet Joe Biden's Cabinet picks

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a flurry of members for his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Here are some recent important picks for prominent positions:

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Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a flurry of members for his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Here are some recent important picks...more

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a flurry of members for his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Here are some recent important picks for prominent positions: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN - The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration.

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SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN - The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN - The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN - The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as head of the central bank in 2018.

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TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN - The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump...more

TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN - The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as head of the central bank in 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN - Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the post, as he has been out of the military less than the required seven years.

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DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN - Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the...more

DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN - Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the post, as he has been out of the military less than the required seven years. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: TOM VILSACK - Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama, was Iowa's governor from 1999 until 2007. He was an early supporter of Biden and an adviser on rural issues during his campaign. Vilsack's return to the USDA is likely to be applauded by Midwestern states that produce the bulk of commodity crops like corn, soybeans and wheat, and prefer him to someone from another region of the country.

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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: TOM VILSACK - Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama, was Iowa's governor from 1999 until 2007. He was an early supporter of Biden and an adviser on rural issues during his campaign. Vilsack's return to...more

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: TOM VILSACK - Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama, was Iowa's governor from 1999 until 2007. He was an early supporter of Biden and an adviser on rural issues during his campaign. Vilsack's return to the USDA is likely to be applauded by Midwestern states that produce the bulk of commodity crops like corn, soybeans and wheat, and prefer him to someone from another region of the country. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: XAVIER BECERRA - The California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As attorney general, he has led a coalition of 20 states defending the program better known as Obamacare, including in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: XAVIER BECERRA - The California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As attorney general, he has led a coalition of 20 states...more

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: XAVIER BECERRA - The California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As attorney general, he has led a coalition of 20 states defending the program better known as Obamacare, including in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court last month. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE - Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. Prior to being elected to Congress, she was mayor of Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black woman to lead HUD, which focuses on federal policy surrounding housing.

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HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE - Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. Prior to being elected to Congress, she was mayor of Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black...more

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE - Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. Prior to being elected to Congress, she was mayor of Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black woman to lead HUD, which focuses on federal policy surrounding housing. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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INTERIOR SECRETARY - DEB HAALAND - Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary and the first to oversee the department, whose jurisdiction includes tribal lands. She has told Reuters she would seek to usher in an expansion of renewable energy production on federal land to contribute to the fight against climate change, and undo President Donald Trump's focus on bolstering fossil fuels output.

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INTERIOR SECRETARY - DEB HAALAND - Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary and the first to oversee the department, whose jurisdiction includes tribal lands. She has told...more

INTERIOR SECRETARY - DEB HAALAND - Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary and the first to oversee the department, whose jurisdiction includes tribal lands. She has told Reuters she would seek to usher in an expansion of renewable energy production on federal land to contribute to the fight against climate change, and undo President Donald Trump's focus on bolstering fossil fuels output. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN - Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, worked at the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to run the EPA and would become one of the key players in Biden's sweeping agenda to fight climate change by bringing the U.S. economy to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Regan made elevating environmental justice a priority in his role in North Carolina's government and previously when he worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN - Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, worked at the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to run the EPA and would become one...more

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN - Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, worked at the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to run the EPA and would become one of the key players in Biden's sweeping agenda to fight climate change by bringing the U.S. economy to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Regan made elevating environmental justice a priority in his role in North Carolina's government and previously when he worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit. REUTERS/Ting Shen
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TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PETE BUTTIGIEG - Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. He could be tasked with overseeing much of Biden's plan to boost infrastructure spending, including building electric vehicle charging stations and boosting spending on high-speed rail.

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TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PETE BUTTIGIEG - Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. He could be tasked with overseeing much of Biden's plan to boost infrastructure...more

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PETE BUTTIGIEG - Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. He could be tasked with overseeing much of Biden's plan to boost infrastructure spending, including building electric vehicle charging stations and boosting spending on high-speed rail. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool
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ENERGY SECRETARY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM - Granholm, 61, served as the first female governor of Michigan, from 2003 to 2011. In 2009, when Biden was vice president under Obama, she worked with his office on the bailout of auto manufacturers during the Great Recession.

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ENERGY SECRETARY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM - Granholm, 61, served as the first female governor of Michigan, from 2003 to 2011. In 2009, when Biden was vice president under Obama, she worked with his office on the bailout of auto manufacturers during the...more

ENERGY SECRETARY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM - Granholm, 61, served as the first female governor of Michigan, from 2003 to 2011. In 2009, when Biden was vice president under Obama, she worked with his office on the bailout of auto manufacturers during the Great Recession. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH - McDonough was the White House chief of staff during Obama's second term. He spent the early part of his career an aide to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, before advising Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on foreign policy and then serving as deputy national security adviser.

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SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH - McDonough was the White House chief of staff during Obama's second term. He spent the early part of his career an aide to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, before advising Obama's 2008...more

SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH - McDonough was the White House chief of staff during Obama's second term. He spent the early part of his career an aide to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, before advising Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on foreign policy and then serving as deputy national security adviser. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS - The Cuban-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed as secretary of homeland security. As head of Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama, Mayorkas led implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for "Dreamers" - people who were brought to the United States as children. DACA drew Republican criticism and could lead to Republican opposition to Mayorkas in the Senate.

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HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS - The Cuban-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed as secretary of homeland security. As head of Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama, Mayorkas...more

HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS - The Cuban-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed as secretary of homeland security. As head of Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama, Mayorkas led implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for "Dreamers" - people who were brought to the United States as children. DACA drew Republican criticism and could lead to Republican opposition to Mayorkas in the Senate. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - Biden's nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is Thomas-Greenfield, who will take on a job that Biden plans to restore to a Cabinet level. She is a Black woman who served as Obama's top diplomat on Africa from 2013 to 2017, leading U.S. policy in Africa south of the Sahara during the West African Ebola outbreak.

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AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - Biden's nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is Thomas-Greenfield, who will take on a job that Biden plans to restore to a Cabinet level. She is a Black woman who...more

AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - Biden's nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is Thomas-Greenfield, who will take on a job that Biden plans to restore to a Cabinet level. She is a Black woman who served as Obama's top diplomat on Africa from 2013 to 2017, leading U.S. policy in Africa south of the Sahara during the West African Ebola outbreak. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI - The House Ways and Means Committee lawyer played a key role in negotiating stronger labor provisions with the Trump administration in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Tai, who will lead trade talks with China, previously worked at the office she will now run, heading China trade enforcement from 2011 to 2014. The Yale- and Harvard-educated Chinese American speaks Mandarin and taught university English for two years in Guangzhou.

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UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI - The House Ways and Means Committee lawyer played a key role in negotiating stronger labor provisions with the Trump administration in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Tai, who will lead trade...more

UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI - The House Ways and Means Committee lawyer played a key role in negotiating stronger labor provisions with the Trump administration in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Tai, who will lead trade talks with China, previously worked at the office she will now run, heading China trade enforcement from 2011 to 2014. The Yale- and Harvard-educated Chinese American speaks Mandarin and taught university English for two years in Guangzhou. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY - Walensky, currently the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will take a prominent role in the Biden administration's fight against the coronavirus.

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY - Walensky, currently the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will take a prominent role in the...more

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY - Walensky, currently the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will take a prominent role in the Biden administration's fight against the coronavirus. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE - The experienced national security official has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as an assistant secretary of state, and was national security advisor during Obama's second term. Rice had been on Biden's short list as a possible vice presidential pick or secretary of state.

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WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE - The experienced national security official has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as an assistant secretary of state, and was national security advisor during Obama's second...more

WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE - The experienced national security official has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as an assistant secretary of state, and was national security advisor during Obama's second term. Rice had been on Biden's short list as a possible vice presidential pick or secretary of state. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS - Zients, an economic adviser touted for his managerial skills, was tapped to save the bungled launch of the Affordable Care Act's website for Obama. Under Biden, he will oversee an unprecedented operation to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a new vaccine, coordinating efforts across multiple federal agencies.

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CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS - Zients, an economic adviser touted for his managerial skills, was tapped to save the bungled launch of the Affordable Care Act's website for Obama. Under Biden, he will oversee an unprecedented operation to...more

CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS - Zients, an economic adviser touted for his managerial skills, was tapped to save the bungled launch of the Affordable Care Act's website for Obama. Under Biden, he will oversee an unprecedented operation to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a new vaccine, coordinating efforts across multiple federal agencies. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY - A physician and former surgeon general, Murthy gained prominence in recent months as co-chairman of Biden's advisory board dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which the president-elect has pledged to make his top priority.

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SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY - A physician and former surgeon general, Murthy gained prominence in recent months as co-chairman of Biden's advisory board dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which the president-elect has pledged to make his top...more

SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY - A physician and former surgeon general, Murthy gained prominence in recent months as co-chairman of Biden's advisory board dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which the president-elect has pledged to make his top priority. 2020 Democratic National Convention/Pool via REUTERS
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET: NEERA TANDEN - Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress think tank, helped create Obamacare, which Republicans want to demolish.

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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET: NEERA TANDEN - Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress think tank, helped create Obamacare, which Republicans want to demolish. REUTERS/Leah Millis

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET: NEERA TANDEN - Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress think tank, helped create Obamacare, which Republicans want to demolish. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE - Rouse is a labor economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs whose research has focused on the economics of education and tackling wealth inequality. She was a member of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011.

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COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE - Rouse is a labor economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs whose research has focused on the economics of education and tackling wealth inequality. She was a...more

COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE - Rouse is a labor economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs whose research has focused on the economics of education and tackling wealth inequality. She was a member of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN - Biden's national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN - Biden's national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN - Biden's national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES - Deputy national security adviser under Obama, and previously the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director, Haines is Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the outgoing Obama administration in 2017.

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DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES - Deputy national security adviser under Obama, and previously the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director, Haines is Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence. Haines held several posts...more

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES - Deputy national security adviser under Obama, and previously the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director, Haines is Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the outgoing Obama administration in 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY - Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as "climate czar" in the Biden administration. Kerry helped negotiate the Paris climate deal that Biden wants to re-join.

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SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY - Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as "climate czar" in the Biden administration. Kerry helped negotiate the Paris climate deal that Biden wants to re-join. REUTERS/Joshua...more

SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY - Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as "climate czar" in the Biden administration. Kerry helped negotiate the Paris climate deal that Biden wants to re-join. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY - McCarthy is the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group. She ran the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama and managed some of the administration's signature rules for air and water pollution, including the Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from electric plants that the Trump administration has worked to rescind.

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DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY - McCarthy is the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group. She ran the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama and managed some of the administration's...more

DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY - McCarthy is the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group. She ran the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama and managed some of the administration's signature rules for air and water pollution, including the Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from electric plants that the Trump administration has worked to rescind. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN - A longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president's agenda.

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WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN - A longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president's agenda. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN - A longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president's agenda. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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