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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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