Washington —has nominated and appointed 25 people to serve in his Cabinet: the 15 heads of the executive departments, and 10 individuals who the president designates as cabinet-level. Adding Vice President-elect Kamala Harris brings that number to 26.
Mr. Biden spent the weeks after the election preparing to take the helm of the federal government, while many in the Trump administration would neither acknowledge his victory nor help with the transition. This has delayed the Senate's consideration of his Cabinet. However, five of his nominees testified in their confirmation hearings on the eve of Mr. Biden's inauguration, and some may be confirmed as early as Inauguration Day.
The president-elect has praised his Cabinet as one of "firsts," with a number of his nominees poised to break barriers if they are confirmed by the Senate.
Here are the people Mr. Biden has tapped to serve in the top ranks of his administration:
- Defense: ; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 21 House Armed Services waiver hearing.
- Health and Human Services:
- Homeland Security: ; January 19 confirmation hearing.
- Housing and Urban Development:
- Justice Department:
- State: ; January 19 confirmation hearing.
- Transportation: ; January 21 confirmation hearing.
- Treasury: Janet Yellen; January 19 confirmation hearing.
- Veterans Affairs:
- White House chief of staff: ; not a Senate-confirmed position.
- Council of Economic Advisers:
- Office of Management and Budget:
- Director of National Intelligence: ; January 19 confirmation hearing.
- Small Business Administration: Isabel Casillas Guzman
- U.S. Trade Representative:
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:
- Environmental Protection Agency:
- Special envoy for climate:
- Science adviser and director of Office of Science and Technology Policy: