Cabinet of Donald Trump

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This article lists the cabinet of United States President Donald Trump, who assumed office on January 20, 2017.

The President of the United States has the authority to nominate members of his or her cabinet to the United States Senate for confirmation under Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution. Before confirmation, a high level career member of an executive department heads this pre-confirmed cabinet on an acting basis. The cabinet's creation is part of the transition of power following the 2016 United States presidential election.

This page documents the confirmation process for any successful or unsuccessful cabinet nominees of Donald Trump's administration. They are listed in order of creation of the cabinet position (also used as the basis for the United States presidential line of succession).

Announced nominees

All members of the Cabinet require the advice and consent of the United States Senate following appointment by the president prior to taking office. The vice presidency is exceptional in that the position requires election to office pursuant to the United States Constitution. Although some are afforded cabinet-level rank, non-cabinet members within the Executive Office of the President, such as White House Chief of Staff, National Security Advisor, and White House Press Secretary, do not hold constitutionally created positions and most do not require Senate confirmation for appointment.

The following have been named as Cabinet appointees by the President. For other high-level positions, see the list of Donald Trump political appointments.

Proposed Cabinet of President Donald J. Trump
  Individual officially confirmed by Senate (if required)
  Individual's nomination pending Senate confirmation

Cabinet members

Office
Date announced
Designee Office
Date announced
Designee
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Vice President
Elected: November 8, 2016

Took Office January 20, 2017
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Governor
Mike Pence
from Indiana
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Secretary of State
December 13
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Rex Tillerson
from Texas
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Secretary of the Treasury
November 30
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Steven Mnuchin
from New York
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Secretary of Defense
December 1

Took Office January 20, 2017
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General (USMC)
James Mattis
from Washington
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Attorney General
November 18
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Senator
Jeff Sessions
from Alabama
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Secretary of the Interior
December 15
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Representative
Ryan Zinke
from Montana
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Secretary of Agriculture
January 18
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Former Governor
Sonny Perdue
from Georgia
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Secretary of Commerce
November 30
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Wilbur Ross
from Florida
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Secretary of Labor
December 8
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Andrew Puzder
from Tennessee
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Secretary of Health and Human Services
November 29
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Representative
Tom Price
from Georgia
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
December 5
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Ben Carson
from Florida
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Secretary of Transportation
November 29
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Former Secretary
Elaine Chao
from Kentucky
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Secretary of Energy
December 14
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Former Governor
Rick Perry
from Texas
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Secretary of Education
November 23
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Betsy DeVos
from Michigan
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
January 11
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Under Secretary
David Shulkin
from Pennsylvania
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Secretary of Homeland Security
December 7

Took Office January 20, 2017
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General (USMC)
John F. Kelly
from Massachusetts

Cabinet-level officials

Office
Date announced
Designee Office
Date announced
Designee
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White House Chief of Staff
November 13

Took Office January 20, 2017
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RNC Chairman
Reince Priebus
from Wisconsin
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Ambassador to the United Nations
November 23

Took Office January 24, 2017
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Governor
Nikki Haley
from South Carolina
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Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency
December 7
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Attorney General
Scott Pruitt
from Oklahoma
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United States Trade Representative
January 3
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Robert Lighthizer
from Ohio
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Director of the
Office of Management and Budget
December 16
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Representative
Mick Mulvaney
from South Carolina
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Chairman of the
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(tba)
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Administrator of the
Small Business Administration
December 7
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Linda McMahon
from Connecticut
Source: NPR[1]

Confirmation process timeline

Cabinet Confirmation Process
Office Name Announcement Hearing date Vote date Confirmation Notes
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly December 7, 2016 January 10 January 20[2] 88–11[3] Hearings.[lower-alpha 1]
Attorney General Jeff Sessions November 18, 2016 January 10–11 January 30-31 Hearings.[lower-alpha 2]
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao November 29, 2016 January 11 January 31 Hearings.[lower-alpha 3]
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson December 13, 2016 January 11 January 30 Hearings.[lower-alpha 4]
Secretary of Defense James Mattis December 1, 2016 January 12 January 20[2] 98–1[4] Hearings.[lower-alpha 5]
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson December 5, 2016 January 12 January 31 Hearings.[lower-alpha 6]
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos November 23, 2016 January 17 January 31[5] Hearings.[lower-alpha 7]
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke December 15, 2016 January 17 January 31 Hearings.[lower-alpha 8]
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley November 23, 2016 January 18 January 24 96-4[6] Hearings.[lower-alpha 9]
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price November 29, 2016 January 18 and 24 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 10]
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross November 30, 2016 January 18 January 31 Hearings.[lower-alpha 11]
Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt December 7, 2016 January 18 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 12]
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin November 30, 2016 January 19 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 13]
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry December 14, 2016 January 19 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 14]
Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney December 16, 2016 January 24 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 15]
Small Business Administration Linda McMahon December 7, 2016 January 24 TBD Hearings.[lower-alpha 16]
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin January 11, 2017 February 1 TBD
Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder December 8, 2016 February 2 TBD
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer January 3, 2017 TBD TBD
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue January 18, 2017 TBD TBD
Council of Economic Advisers TBA TBD TBD TBD

Analysis

Due to Trump's lack of government or military experience and fluid ideological and political positions,[7] much interest existed among the media over his cabinet nominations, as they are believed to show how Trump intends to govern.

Trump's proposed cabinet was characterized as being very conservative by the media. It was described as a "conservative dream team" by Politico,[8] "the most conservative cabinet [in United States history]" by Newsweek,[9] and "one of the most consistently conservative domestic policy teams in modern history" by the Los Angeles Times.[10] The Hill described Trump's potential cabinet as "an unorthodox team" popular with conservatives, that more establishment Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney likely would not have chosen.[11] CNN agreed, calling the proposed cabinet "a conservative dream team of domestic Cabinet appointments."[12] On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal stated that "it’s nearly impossible to identify a clear ideological bent in the incoming president’s" cabinet nominations.[13]

The Wall Street Journal also stated that Trump's nominations signaled a pro-deregulation administration policy.[14] The media also noted the fact that several of Trump's cabinet nominees politically opposed the federal departments they were selected to lead.[15]

The Washington Post noted that Trump's cabinet is the wealthiest in modern American history in terms of total personal wealth.[16]

NPR remarked that Trump's cabinet is made more largely of nominees who have business experience and minimal experience in the government when compared to the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.[17] The Pew Research Center also noted that Trump's cabinet is one of the most business-heavy in American history. The think tank stated that "A third of the department heads in the Trump administration (33%) will be people whose prior experience has been entirely in the public sector. Only three other presidents are in the same range: William McKinley (three out of eight Cabinet positions, or 37.5%), Ronald Reagan (four out of 13 positions, or 31%), and Dwight Eisenhower (three out of 10 positions, or 30%)."[18]

History

Choosing members of the presidential Cabinet (and other high-level positions) is a complicated process, which begins prior to the November 2016 general election results being known. In the case of the Trump'16 campaign, his former rival for the Republican nomination Chris Christie was appointed to lead the transition team in May 2016, shortly after Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns (thus making Trump the presumptive nominee of the party). In addition to various other responsibilities, the transition team is responsible for making preliminary lists of potential executive branch appointees—at least for the several dozen high-level positions if not for the several thousand lower-level positions—and doing some early vetting work on those people. The transition team also hires policy experts (over 100 in the case of the Trump transition team by October 2016), using primarily federal funds and federal office space, to help plan how the hypothetical-at-the-time future Trump administration will implement their policy-goals via the various federal agencies and departments.

After the election in November 2016, when the Trump/Pence ticket defeated the Clinton/Kaine ticket as well as various third party opponents, the transition team was quickly reshuffled and expanded; Mike Pence was given the lead role (over Chris Christie), and several additional top-level transition personnel were added to the transition effort, most of them from the now-finished campaign effort. During the remainder of 2016, the team continued finding and vetting potential nominees for the various positions, as the Electoral College process was ongoing (including recounts in some states where the winning margin was relatively tiny) and prior to the presidential inauguration in January 2017.

President-elect Trump announced his first post-election Cabinet nominee, Jeff Sessions for the role of United States Attorney General, on November 18, 2016. (Trump had earlier announced Mike Pence as his pick for vice-presidential running mate in July 2016, which was shortly thereafter confirmed by the delegates to the Republican National Convention when they officially nominated first Trump and then Pence.) Although most positions were simultaneously under consideration by the transition team, the official announcement of offers, and the public acceptance of the offers, usually happens gradually as slots are filled (Richard Nixon being the exception).

President[19][20] Week
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Week
10
Weighted
Average
Notes
Nixon '68 12 6.0 weeks The twelfth Cabinet role was quasi-privatized in 1971.
Carter '76 1 2 7 2 6.8 weeks New roles: Energy in 1977, Education in 1979.
Reagan '80 8 4 1 6.6 weeks Reagan was unable to abolish the federal Department of Education.
Bush '88 2 2 1 3 5 1 5.3 weeks New role: VA in 1989. The four earliest nominees were continuations of the Reagan Cabinet.
Clinton '92 4 6 4 7.0 weeks
Bush '00 1 5 8 7.5 weeks New role: DHS in 2003. Announcements of appointees were delayed by the Florida recount.
Obama '08 1 4 2 4 4 5.4 weeks Slightly differing figures are given in some sources.[19][21][22][20]
Trump '16 1 3 4 3 2 2 4.9 weeks There are officially fifteen Cabinet positions to nominate; Senate confirmation of nominees usually follows the inauguration.

For purposes of historical comparison, this chart only includes Cabinet roles, and not the cabinet-level positions. However, note that the number of Cabinet positions has varied from administration to administration: under Nixon there were twelve such roles in 1968, whereas under Trump in 2016 there are fifteen.

Trump's inauguration as president occurred on January 20, 2017.

Formation

After election day, media outlets reported on persons described by various sources as possible appointments to senior positions in the incoming Trump presidency. The number of people which have received media attention as potential cabinet appointees is higher than in most previous presidential elections, partly because the Trump'16 campaign staff (and associated PACs) was significantly smaller and less expensive,[23] thus there are not as many people already expected to receive specific roles in the upcoming Trump administration. In particular, "Trump ha[d] a smaller policy brain trust [policy group] than a new president normally carries"[24] because as an anti-establishment candidate who began his campaign by largely self-funding his way to the Republican party nomination,[25] unlike most previous presidential winners "Trump does not have the traditional cadre of Washington insiders and donors to build out his Cabinet."[26] An additional factor that tends to make the field of potential nominees especially broad, is that unlike most presidential transition teams who select politicians as their appointees, the Trump transition team "has started with a mandate to hire from the private sector [as opposed to the governmental sector] whenever possible."[26]

Confirmations

Until the Trump Administration announces their official cabinet, and those nominees are confirmed by the Senate (where applicable), this page will continue to be updated with new information and potential positions. The membership of the presidential cabinet also tends to evolve during the course of the presidency; turnover often causes individual names to change, and more rarely, creation of new departments and merging/downsizing of existing departments can alter the size of the cabinet.

The following cabinet positions are listed in order of their creation (also used as the basis for the United States presidential line of succession).

Secretary of State

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Foreign Relations committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of State is Tom Shannon.

Rex Tillerson

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Tillerson at his confirmation hearing on January 11, 2017

On December 12, 2016, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, was officially selected to be the Secretary of State.[27] Tillerson was first recommended to Trump for the Secretary of State role by Condoleezza Rice, during her meeting with Trump in late November.[28] Rice's recommendation of Tillerson to Trump was backed up by Robert Gates, three days later.[28]

Tillerson's confirmation hearing with the Foreign Relations committee was held on January 11, 2017. During the hearing, Tillerson voiced support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and opposed a Muslim immigration ban that has been proposed by Donald Trump in the past. [29] Tillerson was approved by the Foreign Relations committee on January 23, 2017 by a vote of 11-10 with a final Senate confirmation vote expected to take place the following week.[30]

Secretary of the Treasury

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Finance committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of the Treasury is Adam Szubin.

Steve Mnuchin

Trump announced the selection of Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury on November 30, 2016.

Members of the Democratic party in the Senate such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Tim Kaine have stated their intention to oppose this nominee.[31] That said, successfully blocking the nomination would require peeling away at least two Republican members of the full body (or at least one Republican member of the relevant committee), which is expected to have a partisan split (52 who caucus with the Republicans versus 48 who caucus with the Democrats).

Secretary of Defense

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Armed Services committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

James Mattis

Trump informally announced the selection of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense on December 1, 2016.[32] (The Trump Transition Team formally announced the selection on December 6, 2016.[33]) As with most cabinet roles, the Secretary-designate of Defense undergoes hearings before the appropriate committee of the United States Senate, followed by a confirmation-vote. In the case of Mattis, there is an additional step needed, on top of Senate confirmation: because he retired from the military three years ago, section 903(a) of the NDAA will need to be altered (or a special waiver will need to be enacted), since that statute demands a minimum of seven years as a civilian for appointees.[34] In addition to the Senate, therefore, the House will also be involved. On January 12, 2017 the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 to grant the waiver. The full Senate voted 81-17 to pass the waiver three hours later. After the Trump transition team cancelled a meeting between Mattis and the House Armed Services Committee, the waiver narrowly passed the committee by a vote of 34-28. The House voted 268-151 to grant the waiver. It still requires the President's signature.[35] The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Mattis' confirmation on January 18, 2017 by a 26-1 margin, and sent the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.[36] After being confirmed on the evening of January 20, 2017 by a vote of 98-1, Mattis was sworn in on the same evening.

Attorney General

The nomination of an Attorney General-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Judiciary committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Attorney General is Sally Yates.

Jeff Sessions

Trump's selection of Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama was officially announced on November 18, 2016.

Members of the Democratic party in the Senate have stated their intention to oppose this nominee; that said, successfully blocking the nomination would require peeling away at least two or three Republican members of the full body (or at least one Republican member of the relevant committee), which is expected to have a baseline partisan split (52 who caucus with the Republicans versus 48 who caucus with the Democrats).[31] Republican members of the current committee spoke favorably towards Sessions,[37] which as a majority would theoretically be sufficient for Sessions to pass the committee phase. (The committee assignments for the 115th Congress of 2017–2019 have not yet been made, but historically Senators are very often reassigned.) Although some Senators including Elizabeth Warren have criticized Sessions, at least one Senator from the other major party, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has stated he will vote to confirm Sessions.[37] Historically, there has never been a sitting Senator appointed to cabinet position who was denied that post during the confirmation process.[37]

Secretary of the Interior

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Energy and Natural Resources committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of the Interior is Kevin Haugrud.

Ryan Zinke

On December 9, 2016, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington was originally selected for the role, according to anonymous leaks within the Trump transition team.[nb 1][52] However, instead Ryan Zinke was reportedly offered the role of Secretary of the Interior on December 13, 2016. Trump's transition team formally announced the decision to nominate Zinke on December 15, 2016.[53]

Secretary of Agriculture

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of Agriculture is Michael Scuse.

Sonny Perdue

On January 18, 2017 Sonny Perdue, former governor of Georgia, was selected to be the Secretary of Agriculture.[54]

Secretary of Commerce

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Wilbur Ross

Trump's selection of CEO Wilbur Ross from Florida (formerly of New York) was officially announced on November 30, 2016. Several days earlier starting November 24, unofficial staff interviews said that Ross either would be,[55][56][57][58] or was expected to be,[59][60][61][62][63] offered the role.

Confirmation hearings were originally scheduled for January 12, but was postponed because the Commerce Committee has not yet received the ethics agreement from the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Commerce.[64]

Secretary of Labor

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of Labor is Ed Hugler.

Andy Puzder

On December 8, 2016 Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, was officially selected to be the Secretary of Labor.

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Although historically the nominee also holds meetings with the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee,[citation needed] officially the nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on Finance, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Since January 20, 2017 the acting Secretary of Health and Human Services is Norris Cochran.

Tom Price

Trump's selection of Representative Tom Price from Georgia was officially announced on November 28, 2016.[65][66][67]

Members of the Democratic party in the Senate such as Debbie Stabenow, Brian Schatz, and Sherrod Brown have stated their intention to oppose this nominee.[31] However, successfully blocking the nomination would require the support of at least two Republican members of the full body (or at least one Republican member of the relevant committee), which is expected to have a partisan split (52 who caucus with the Republicans versus 48 who caucus with the Democrats).[citation needed]

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Ben Carson

On December 5, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Ben Carson to the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[68]

Secretary of Transportation

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Elaine Chao

On November 29, 2016 it was reported that President-elect Trump selected former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao of Kentucky as his Secretary of Transportation.[69][70]

Secretary of Energy

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Energy and Natural Resources committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Rick Perry

On December 13, 2016 Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas, was selected to be the Secretary of Energy.[71]

Secretary of Education

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Betsy DeVos

Trump's selection of former RNC member Betsy DeVos from Michigan was officially announced on November 23, 2016.

Originally scheduled for January 11, but was postponed because the Office of Government Ethics had not completed its review of DeVos' financial holdings and potential conflicts of interest.[72] On January 20, the Office of Government Ethics completed their ethics report on DeVos, three days after her hearing with the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was held. The completion of the report prompted the delay of her scheduled committee vote to January 31. Senate Democrats had requested a second hearing for DeVos to committee chair Senator Lamar Alexander, which he denied. DeVos has repeatedly said that she will divest from 102 companies within 90 days if confirmed. [73] [74] [75]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Veterans Affairs committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

David Shulkin

On January 11, 2017 David Shulkin, the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health under President Barack Obama, was selected to be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.[76]

Secretary of Homeland Security

The nomination of a Secretary-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

John F. Kelly

On December 7, 2016 John F. Kelly, retired four-star Marine general was selected to be the Secretary of Homeland Security.[77] He was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 88-11 and sworn in on the evening of January 20.

Cabinet-level officials

Cabinet-level officials have positions that are considered to be of Cabinet level, but which are not part of the Cabinet. Which exact positions are considered part of the presidential cabinet, can vary with the president. The CIA and FEMA were cabinet-level agencies under Bill Clinton, but not George W. Bush. The head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (aka the drug czar) was a cabinet-level position under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, but not under Barack Obama. (Not to be confused with the head of the DEA, who has remained in the org chart underneath the cabinet position held by the Attorney General.) Designation of an agency as being cabinet-level requires[citation needed] that Congress enact legislation, although executive orders unilaterally created by the president can be used to create many other types of position inside the executive branch.[citation needed] Members of the cabinet proper, as well as cabinet-level officials, meet with the president in a room adjacent to the Oval Office.

Vice President

There were dozens of potential running mates for Trump who received media speculation (including several from New York where Trump himself resides). Trump's eventual pick of Governor Mike Pence of Indiana was officially announced on July 16, 2016 and confirmed by acclamation via parliamentary procedure amongst delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016.

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White House Chief of Staff

Trump's selection of former RNC chair Reince Priebus from Wisconsin was officially announced on November 13, 2016. This role does not require Senate confirmation. The appointment of Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist was announced simultaneously. Although that strategy-role is not a Cabinet-level position in the statutory sense, in an "unusual arrangement"[78] Priebus and Bannon were envisioned by the Trump transition team as being equal partners, and were announced simultaneously.[79][80] See also, team of rivals.[81][82] With Priebus accepting a role within the administration, the person who replaces Priebus in his former role as RNC chair will be decided in January.

This position does not require confirmation by the Senate.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

The nomination of a Director-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Mick Mulvaney

On December 13, 2016 Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, was selected to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[83]

Ambassador to the United Nations

Like all ambassadorships and all official Cabinet positions, the nominee for this Ambassador to the U.N. requires confirmation by the Senate. The nomination of an Ambassador-designate to the United Nations is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Nikki Haley

Trump officially announced Governor Nikki Haley from South Carolina as his selection for this role on November 23, 2016. She was confirmed on January 24, 2017 and subsequently resigned as South Carolina governor. Haley supported Marco Rubio in the Republican primaries and caucuses, but later endorsed Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee.[84] Haley's Lieutenant Governor, Henry McMaster, who was an early supporter of Trump,[85] was also under consideration for a role in the Trump administration, but since he did not accept such a role, he succeeded to the governorship of South Carolina upon Haley's resignation.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

The nomination of an Administrator-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee,[86] then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Scott Pruitt

On December 7, 2016, Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma was selected to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.[87][88]

United States Trade Representative

The nomination of a Director-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Robert Lighthizer

On January 3, 2017 Robert Lighthizer, a former Deputy United States Trade Representative under President Ronald Reagan, was selected to be the United States Trade Representative.[89]

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

In addition to the chair, there are two other members of the council (also appointed by the president), as well as a staff of economists, researchers, and statisticians. Historically, appointees to chair the council have held Ph.Ds in economics, and the role of the group is to provide advice in the form of economic analysis with respect to policy, as distinct from shaping economic policy per se.[90][91]

Trump released a list of his campaign's official economic advisers in August 2016,[92] which simultaneously was anti-establishment[93] and therefore lean on those with governmental experience,[94] yet at the same time aimed to include some of the elites of business and finance,[92] people with well-known names. Many of the names on the original list, or on the subsequent expansions thereof,[95] received media attention as potential appointees to the Council of Economic Advisers, or in other Trump administration roles.

See also: Formation of Donald Trump's Cabinet which covers reported candidates for this position.

Once a choice has been made, the nomination of a Chair-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

See also, various other Trump administration roles directly related to the economy: director of the NEC (Cohn), Fed Vice-Chair, SEC chair (Clayton), OMB director (Mulvaney), Treasury secretary (Mnuchin), Commerce secretary (Ross), U.S. Trade Rep (Lighthizer), SBA administrator (McMahon), and several others.

Administrator of the Small Business Administration

The nomination of an Administrator-designate is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Linda McMahon

On December 7, 2016 Linda McMahon, businesswoman and former Senate nominee, was selected to be the head of the Small Business Administration.[96][97]

See also

Notes

  1. As of December 9th 2016, multiple media reports surfaced that Cathy McMorris Rodgers was anonymously leaked as being Trump's decision for United States Secretary of the Interior; according to Reuters.com she had been picked,[38][39] and according to Bloomberg.com she had been offered the role,[40] but most other news reports were slightly more cautious. Rodgers was most commonly called the reported pick[41][42] or the expected pick,[43][44][45][46][47] or similar phrases by the media. Some smaller media outfits said only that she was the likely pick.[48][49] CNN was the most cautious, only stating in passing that Rodgers was the leading contender,[50] albeit in an article that was more about discussing the various influences upon the vetting-process rather than being solely concentrating on the latest updates as to the status of the role itself. At least one media entity, The News & Observer (online since 1994), published a report during the afternoon of December 9th questioning the coverage of Rodgers as the expected pick, stating that an anonymous official -- presumably different from the one that had leaked the Rodgers scoop earlier -- with the Trump transition team has specifically refuted that Rodgers was the expected pick, and that quote "No offer has been made... still looking at candidates."[51]

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