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:
- Agriculture: ; confirmation hearing February 2; nomination advanced by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on same day.
- Commerce: ; January 26 hearing; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee advances nomination February 3.
- Defense: confirmed January 22, 93-2. ; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 21 — House Armed Services waiver hearing;
- Education: , February 3 confirmation hearing. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advances nomination on February 11.
- Energy: ; January 27 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Energy Committee February 3;
- Health and Human Services:
- Homeland Security: ; January 19 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Homeland Security Committee January 26. Confirmation vote scheduled for February 1.
- Housing and Urban Development: ; January 28 confirmation hearing.
- Justice Department:
- Labor: ; February 4 confirmation hearing; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advances nomination on February 11.
- State: ; January 19 confirmation hearing; confirmed January 26, 78-22.
- Transportation: ; January 21 confirmation hearing; nomination advanced by Senate Commerce Committee January 27. February 2, 86-13.
- Treasury: Janet Yellen; January 19 confirmation hearing; January 25 84-15.
- Veterans Affairs: ; confirmation hearing January 27. Confirmed February 8.
- White House chief of staff: ; not a Senate-confirmed position.
- Council of Economic Advisers:
- Office of Management and Budget: ; confirmation hearing on February 10
- Director of National Intelligence: ; January 19 ; January 21, 84-10
- Small Business Administration: Isabel Casillas Guzman
- U.S. Trade Representative:
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: ; confirmation January 27;
- Environmental Protection Agency: ; confirmation hearing February 3; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approves nomination.
- Special envoy for climate:
- Science adviser and director of Office of Science and Technology Policy: