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Joe Biden's Cabinet

Ex-W.H. official on Biden's Cabinet picks
Former White House official on Biden's Cabinet picks 12:57

Washington — President-elect Joe Biden 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:


  1. Agriculture: Tom Vilsack; confirmation hearing February 2; nomination advanced by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on same day. Confirmed on February 24.
  2. Commerce: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo; January 26 confirmation hearing; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee advances nomination February 3. Confirmed March 3 84-15.
  3. Defense: Retired General Lloyd Austin; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 21 — House Armed Services waiver hearing; confirmed January 22, 93-2.
  4. Education: Miguel Cardona, February 3 confirmation hearing. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advances nomination on February 11. Confirmed 64-33 on March 2.
  5. Energy: Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; January 27 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Energy Committee February 3. Confirmed 64-35 on February 26.
  6. Health and Human Services: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Confirmed March 18, 50-49.
  7. Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas; January 19 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Homeland Security Committee January 26. Confirmed February 2, 56-43.
  8. Housing and Urban Development: Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio; January 28 confirmation hearing. Confirmed 66-34 on March 10.
  9. Interior: Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico. Confirmed March 15, 51-40.
  10. Justice Department: Judge Merrick Garland. Confirmed March 11, 70-30.
  11. Labor: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; February 4 confirmation hearing; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advances nomination on February 11.
  12. State: Tony Blinken; January 19 confirmation hearing; confirmed January 26, 78-22.
  13. Transportation: Pete Buttigieg; January 21 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Commerce Committee January 27. Confirmed February 2, 86-13.
  14. Treasury: Janet Yellen; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 25 confirmed 84-15.
  15. Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough; confirmation hearing January 27. Confirmed February 8, 87-7.


  1. White House chief of staffRon Klain; not a Senate-confirmed position.
  2. Council of Economic Advisers: Cecilia Rouse. Confirmed on March 2, 95-4.
  3. Office of Management and Budget: Neera Tanden; confirmation hearing on February 10. Withdraws March 2.
  4. Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 21, confirmed 84-10
  5. Small Business Administration: Isabel Casillas Guzman
  6. U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai. Confirmed unanimously, 98-0.
  7. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield; confirmation hearing January 27. Confirmed February 23, 78-20.
  8. Environmental Protection Agency: Michael Regan; confirmation hearing February 3; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approves nomination.
  9. Special envoy for climate: John Kerry
  10. Science adviser and director of Office of Science and Technology Policy: Eric Lander
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