March 01, 2017

Who's Who in the Trump Administration: A Cabinet Reference Guide

After nearly six weeks of nominations, committee hearings and confirmation votes, President Trump’s White House is beginning to take shape. The federal affairs leaders at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting have created a reference guide outlining the background, policy positions and government experience of each member of Trump’s Cabinet, which should serve as a useful resource for entities with interests before the executive branch.

The Cabinet Reference Guide includes the nominees and appointees for each of the 15 Cabinet positions in the presidential line of succession:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (nominated; awaiting committee hearing)
  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson (confirmed by Senate committee; awaiting full Senate vote)
  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta (nominated; awaiting committee hearing)
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin (confirmed)
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin (confirmed)

The reference guide does not include Trump’s seven additional Cabinet-level officials, who will serve in the president’s Cabinet but are not in the presidential line of succession:

  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (confirmed)
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (confirmed)
  • U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (nominated; awaiting committee hearing)
  • Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon (confirmed)
  • Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (confirmed)
  • White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (appointed; Senate confirmation not required)
  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo (confirmed)
  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (confirmed)

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