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Members of the Cabinet of the United States in the Biden administration will assume office after President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, 2021, and after confirmation by the United States Senate. In addition to the 15 heads of executive departments, there will be nine Cabinet-level officials, with three positions being elevated to cabinet-level, and one position being dropped.

Announced nominees

All permanent members of the Cabinet of the United States as heads of executive departments require the advice and consent of the United States Senate following appointment by the president before taking office. The vice presidency is exceptional in that the position requires an election to office pursuant to the United States Constitution. The president may also designate heads of other agencies and non-Senate-confirmed members of the Executive Office of the President as Cabinet-level members of the Cabinet. The Cabinet meets with the president in a room adjacent to the Oval Office.

The following have been named as Cabinet appointees by the President of the United States.[1]

Cabinet members

Cabinet of President Joe Biden
  Individual elected into office who does not serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States (all other cabinet members do)
  Position has to be confirmed by the United States Senate
  No Senate consent needed
Office
Date announced / confirmed
Designee Office
Date announced / confirmed
Designee
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Vice President of the United States
Announced August 11, 2020
Assumed office January 20, 2021

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Former U.S. Senator
Kamala Harris
of California
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Secretary of State
Announced November 23, 2020

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Former Deputy Secretary
Antony Blinken
of New York
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Secretary of the Treasury
Announced November 30, 2020

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Former Federal Reserve Chair
Janet Yellen
of California
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Secretary of Defense
Announced December 8, 2020

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Retired General
Lloyd Austin
of Georgia
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Attorney General
Announced January 7, 2021

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Judge
Merrick Garland
of Maryland
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Secretary of the Interior
Announced December 17, 2020

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U.S. Representative
Deb Haaland
of New Mexico
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Secretary of Agriculture
Announced December 10, 2020

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Former Secretary
Tom Vilsack
of Iowa
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Secretary of Commerce
Announced January 7, 2021

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Governor
Gina Raimondo
of Rhode Island
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Secretary of Labor
Announced January 7, 2021

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Mayor
Marty Walsh
of Massachusetts
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Secretary of Health and Human Services
Announced December 7, 2020

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State Attorney General
Xavier Becerra
of California
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Announced December 10, 2020

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U.S. Representative
Marcia Fudge
of Ohio
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Secretary of Transportation
Announced December 15, 2020

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Former Mayor
Pete Buttigieg
of Indiana
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Secretary of Energy
Announced December 17, 2020

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Former Governor
Jennifer Granholm
of Michigan
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Secretary of Education
Announced December 22, 2020

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State Education Commissioner
Miguel Cardona
of Connecticut
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Announced December 10, 2020

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Former White House Chief of Staff
Denis McDonough
of Minnesota
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Secretary of Homeland Security
Announced November 23, 2020

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Former Deputy Secretary
Alejandro Mayorkas
of California

Cabinet-level officials

Office

Date announced / confirmed

Designee Office

Date announced / confirmed

Designee
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White House Chief of Staff
Announced November 12, 2020
Assumed office January 20, 2021

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Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Ron Klain
of Indiana
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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Announced December 17, 2020

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NCDEQ Secretary
Michael S. Regan
of North Carolina
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Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Announced November 30, 2020

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President of the Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden
of Massachusetts
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Director of National Intelligence
Announced November 23, 2020
Confirmed January 20, 2021

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Former Dep. National Security Advisor
Avril Haines
of New York
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United States Trade Representative

Announced December 10, 2020

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Ways and Means
Chief Trade Counsel

Katherine Tai
of Washington, D.C.
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United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Announced November 23, 2020

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Former Asst. Secretary of State
for African Affairs

Linda Thomas-Greenfield
of Louisiana
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Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors
Announced November 30, 2020

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Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Cecilia Rouse
of California
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Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Announced January 7, 2021

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Small Business Advocate Director
Isabel Guzman
of California
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Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Science Advisor to the President
Announced January 15, 2021

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Director of the Broad Institute
Eric Lander
of Massachusetts


Elected officials

President

On November 7, 2020, it was announced that Democrat Joe Biden defeated the incumbent president, Donald Trump, in the 2020 presidential election. Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes compared to Trump's 232 electoral votes, with 270 needed to win the presidency.

Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. Having assumed office on January 20, 2021, he is the United States' oldest president at 78 years old.

President of the United States
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Joe Biden official portrait 2013 (cropped).jpg Joe Biden November 20, 1942
(age 78)
[2]

Vice President

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was elected vice president of the United States, receiving 306 electoral votes, compared to the incumbent vice president, Mike Pence, who received 232 electoral votes. The vice president does not require Senate confirmation as the vice presidency is an elected position[a] and the vice president does not serve at the president's pleasure.

Having assumed office on January 20, 2021, she is the first female vice president of the United States as well as the first African American and Asian American to hold the second-highest office.

Vice President of the United States
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Senator Harris official senate portrait.jpg Kamala Harris October 20, 1964
(age 56)
[3]

Nominated candidates for Cabinet positions

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

A nomination for Secretary of State is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Foreign Relations Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Secretary of State
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Antony Blinken.jpg Antony Blinken April 16, 1962
(age 58)
[4]

Secretary of the Treasury

A nomination for Secretary of the Treasury is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Finance Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Secretary of the Treasury
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Janet Yellen official Federal Reserve portrait.jpg Janet Yellen August 13, 1946
(age 74)
[5]

Secretary of Defense

A nomination for Secretary of Defense is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Armed Services Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Biden's announced nominee, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, will require a congressional waiver to be granted under the National Security Act of 1947 before he can be confirmed.[6]

Secretary of Defense
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Austin 2013 2.jpg Lloyd Austin August 8, 1953
(age 67)
[7]

Attorney General

A nomination for Attorney General is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Judiciary Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Attorney General
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
2016 March 16 Merrick Garland profile by The White House.jpg Merrick Garland November 13, 1952
(age 68)
[8]

Secretary of the Interior

A nomination for Secretary of the Interior is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote. Biden reportedly offered the position to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, but she turned it down.[9]

Secretary of the Interior
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Deb Haaland, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped).jpg Deb Haaland December 2, 1960
(age 60)
[10]

Secretary of Agriculture

A nomination for Secretary of Agriculture is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Secretary of Agriculture
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg Tom Vilsack December 13, 1950
(age 70)
[11]

Secretary of Commerce

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

Secretary of Commerce
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.jpg Gina Raimondo May 17, 1971
(age 49)
[12]

Secretary of Labor

A nomination for Secretary of Labor 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.

Secretary of Labor
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Marty Walsh 2015.jpg Marty Walsh April 10, 1967
(age 53)
[13]

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Although historically the nominee also holds meetings with the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, officially a nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services 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.

Secretary of Health and Human Services
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Xavier Becerra by Gage Skidmore.jpg Xavier Becerra January 26, 1958
(age 62)
[4]

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

A nomination for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 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.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Marcia Fudge 116th Congress photo.jpg Marcia Fudge October 29, 1952
(age 68)
[14]

Secretary of Transportation

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

Secretary of Transportation
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore.jpg Pete Buttigieg January 19, 1982
(age 39)
[16]

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.

Secretary of Energy
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 - Day 2 (48839195068).jpg Jennifer Granholm February 5, 1959
(age 61)
[17]

Secretary of Education

A nomination for Secretary of Education 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.

Secretary of Education
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Miguel Cardona (cropped).png Miguel Cardona July 11, 1975
(age 45)
[18]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

A nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs is reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, then presented to the full Senate for a vote.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Denis McDonough 2011.jpg Denis McDonough December 2, 1969
(age 51)
[19]

Secretary of Homeland Security

A nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security 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.

Secretary of Homeland Security
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
S2-official-bio-web.jpg Alejandro Mayorkas

November 24, 1959
(age 61)

[4]

Nominated candidates for Cabinet-level positions

Cabinet-level officials have positions that are considered to be of Cabinet level, but which are not heads of the executive departments. Which exact positions that are considered to be cabinet-level varies with each president. Biden has announced he will elevate four positions to Cabinet-level, while removing the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[20]

White House Chief of Staff

The White House chief of staff has traditionally been the highest-ranking employee of the White House. The responsibilities of the chief of staff are both managerial and advisory over the president's official business. The chief of staff is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the president; it does not require Senate confirmation. The first Cabinet or Cabinet-level position appointee announced by Biden was White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.[21]

White House Chief of Staff
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Ron Klain 2015.jpg Ron Klain August 8, 1961
(age 59)
[4]

U.S. Trade Representative

The U.S. Trade Representative has been a Cabinet-level member since 1974, the beginning of Gerald Ford's presidency.

U.S. Trade Representative
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Katherine Tai (cropped).jpg Katherine Tai 1974/1975 (age 45–46)[22] [4]

Director of National Intelligence

Director of National Intelligence
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Avril Haines.jpg Avril Haines August 29, 1969
(age 51)
[4]

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Michael S. Regan 2021 Zoom.jpg Michael S. Regan 1975/1976 (age 45–46) [23]

Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Isabel-Guzman.jpg Isabel Guzman 1971
(age 49–50)
[24][25]

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Neera Tanden by Gage Skidmore.jpg Neera Tanden September 10, 1970
(age 50)
[4]

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

The UN Ambassador was previously in the Cabinet from 1953 to 1989, 1993 to 2001, and 2009 to 2018.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Linda Thomas-Greenfield 2013.jpg Linda Thomas-Greenfield 1952
(age 68–69)
[4][26]

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

This position was previously in the Cabinet from 2009 to 2017.

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
CeciliaRouse2010.jpg Cecilia Rouse December 18, 1963
(age 57)
[4]

Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to the President

Biden elevated this position to the Cabinet for the first time, emphasizing the importance of science in the administration.[27]

Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Portrait Name Date of birth Background Reference
Eric Lander (cropped).jpg Eric Lander February 3, 1957
(age 63)
[27][28]

Confirmation process

Senate votes

Senate confirmation votes of President Biden's cabinet
Sources:

Affiliation: D denotes Democratic, R denotes Republican, and I-D denotes an independent that caucuses with Democrats.

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ Unless it becomes vacant during a term, in which case the president nominates a replacement who requires confirmation from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Citations
  1. ^ Biden Cabinet - White House.gov
  2. ^ "Joe Biden: The President-Elect". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "Kamala Harris: The Vice President-Elect". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Cabinet". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Franck, Thomas (November 30, 2020). "Biden announces economic team, confirms Janet Yellen as Treasury nominee". CNBC. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Wilkie, Christina; Macias, Amanda (December 8, 2020). "Biden defends nomination of recently retired Gen. Lloyd Austin for Defense secretary". CNBC. Washington. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Seligman, Lara; Pager, Tyler; O'Brien, Connor; Bertrand, Natasha (December 7, 2020). "Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon". POLITICO. Archived from the original on December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Biden to name Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general". AP NEWS. January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Alonso-zaldivar, Ricardo. "Sources: Lujan Grisham offered, turned down Interior post". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Eilperin, Juliet; Grandoni, Dino. "Biden picks Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to be first Native American interior secretary". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Nichols, Hans. "Biden to pick Vilsack for agriculture secretary, Fudge for HUD". Axios. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Biden to nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to be commerce secretary". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Conradis, Brandon (January 7, 2021). "Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report". TheHill. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  14. ^ "Biden to tap Marcia Fudge to lead housing agency". POLITICO. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  15. ^ Easley, Jonathan (May 5, 2019). "Documents provide glimpse into Buttigieg's military service". TheHill. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Nick Niedzwiadek (December 16, 2020). "Biden points to 'precedent-busting appointments' as he rolls out Buttigieg pick". Politico. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  17. ^ "Biden to tap former Michigan Gov. Granholm to lead Energy Department". POLITICO. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Meckler, Laura; Strauss, Valerie; Viser, Matt (December 22, 2020). "Biden picks Miguel Cardona, Connecticut schools chief, as education secretary". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "Biden taps longtime diplomat William Burns for CIA director". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  21. ^ Schrer, Michael (November 11, 2020). "Biden's choice of Ron Klain to run White House signals rejection of Trump-era chaos". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  22. ^ 唐家婕 (December 10, 2020). "拜登提名的贸易代表戴琪是谁?". Radio Free Asia. Archived from the original on December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  23. ^ Dennis, Brady; Mufson, Steven; Eilperin, Juliet. "Biden picks top North Carolina environmental official to run EPA". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Collins, Andrew Restuccia and Eliza (January 8, 2021). "Biden Taps Boston Mayor, Rhode Island Governor for Cabinet Positions". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  25. ^ "Isabel Guzman, Small Business Administrator". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  26. ^ Jakes, Lara; Crowley, Michael; Sanger, David E. (November 23, 2020). "Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  27. ^ a b Kaplan, Sarah. "Biden will elevate White House science office to cabinet-level". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  28. ^ "President-elect Biden Announces Key Members of his White House Science Team". President-Elect Joe Biden. January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.

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