By: Chris McManigal
One of the first duties of any new President is to choose the people he wants to work in his Administration. Those people are referred to as his Cabinet and consist of people generally considered to be experts in their respective fields that are expected to serve as advisors to the President during his term. If confirmed by the Senate, they serve as Secretaries of Executive departments.
Trump hasn’t announced his picks for all Cabinet positions yet, but here’s look at who he’s tapped so far.
Trump’s first pick shortly after the election when he announced Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his choice for Attorney General. Sessions is a long time Trump supporter and is currently serving his 4th term as Senator.
Betsy DeVos was announced as Trump’s choice for Education Secretary shortly after the announcement of Sessions. DeVos is a supporter of charter schools and Common Core.
Outspoken Obamacare critic, Republican Congressman Tom Price from Georgia is up for Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Elaine Chao, who served as the Labor Secretary under George W. Bush, is Trump’s pick for Transportation Secretary.
Steven Mnuchin, longtime Chief Information Officer for Goldman Sachs was announced as the pick for the Secretary of Treasury.
Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary is Wilbur Ross, a fellow billionaire who earned the nickname the “King of Bankruptcy” for his firm’s work in restructuring failing companies.
Trump also tapped retired Marine Corps General James Mathis as Secretary of Defense.
Trump’s only choice that doesn’t need Senate confirmation is that of his selection for his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, who has already been appointed. Priebus is the former head of the Republican National Committee.
Trump has also announced several non-cabinet level positions.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will become the Ambassador to the United Nations if confirmed by the Senate.
Former Marco Rubio supporter Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo will be the incoming CIA Director if confirmed.
Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn will be Trump’s National Security Advisor. This position does not require Senate confirmation.