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Meet Joe Biden's Cabinet picks
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a flurry of members for his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity.
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January 08, 2021
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has selected people for his Cabinet, his White House team and other...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces economics and jobs team nominees at transition headquarters...
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has selected people for his Cabinet, his White House team and other top jobs in his administration ahead of being sworn into office on Jan. 20. Here are some of the people Biden has called on to run the U.S. government.

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June 04, 2015
ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY: RACHEL LEVINE - The appointment is a historic first as Levine would become...
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Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general nominee, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY: RACHEL LEVINE - The appointment is a historic first as Levine would become the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate. Currently Pennsylvania's top health official, Levine would serve under Xavier Becerra, Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine has led Pennsylvania's response to the coronavirus outbreak as the commonwealth's top health official.

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January 16, 2021
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY: ERIC LANDER - The pioneering geneticist would...
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Dr. Eric Lander speaks as U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announces his science team in Wilmington, Delaware...
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY: ERIC LANDER - The pioneering geneticist would take a role that Biden has elevated the post to Cabinet-level status for first time. Lander, a Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who helped lead the Human Genome Project, will also serve in the role of presidential science adviser, Biden's team said. The duties of OSTP, the White House's top body for space policy formation under former President Barack Obama, could clash with the National Space Council that Trump revived in 2017.

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October 02, 2012
CHAIR OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: GARY GENSLER - He was chair of the Commodity Futures...
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Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), listens during an interview...
CHAIR OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: GARY GENSLER - He was chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from 2009 to 2014, and since November has led Biden's transition planning for financial industry oversight. His appointment as the country's top securities regulator is expected to put an end to the four years of rule-easing that Wall Street banks, brokers, funds and public companies have enjoyed under President Donald Trump's SEC chair Jay Clayton.

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January 07, 2021
ATTORNEY GENERAL: MERRICK GARLAND - A federal appeals court judge since 1997, Garland was nominated by...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in...
ATTORNEY GENERAL: MERRICK GARLAND - A federal appeals court judge since 1997, Garland was nominated by Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider the nomination in a presidential election year.

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July 11, 2013
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: WILLIAM BURNS - During more than three decades as a U.S....
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US Deputy Secretary of State Burns makes remarks at the start of the Ecopartnership event of the U.S.-China...
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: WILLIAM BURNS - During more than three decades as a U.S. diplomat, including as deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, Burns honed specialties in Russia and the Middle East and was ambassador to Russia.

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January 09, 2021
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: GINA RAIMONDO - The Democratic governor of Rhode Island and a lawyer with a background...
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Gina Raimondo, Biden's nominee for secretary of Commerce, speaks in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: GINA RAIMONDO - The Democratic governor of Rhode Island and a lawyer with a background in venture capital, Raimondo has launched successful workforce training programs in her state.

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January 08, 2021
SECRETARY OF LABOR: MARTY WALSH - Walsh, elected mayor of Boston in 2013, has backed both a $15 minimum...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces economics and jobs team nominees at transition headquarters...
SECRETARY OF LABOR: MARTY WALSH - Walsh, elected mayor of Boston in 2013, has backed both a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave. He has said he wants to expand union membership.

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November 24, 2020
SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN - The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces announces national security team at his transition headquarters...
SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN - The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama's administration.

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December 01, 2020
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY: JANET YELLEN - The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his economic policy team in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY: JANET YELLEN - The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She will be the country's first woman to serve as treasury secretary if confirmed.

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December 09, 2020
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: LLOYD AUSTIN - Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under Obama,...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces defense secretary nominee Austin in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: LLOYD AUSTIN - Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the post, as he has been out of the military less than the required seven years.

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December 16, 2020
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: PETE BUTTIGIEG - Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces transportation secretary nominee Buttigieg at his transition...
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: PETE BUTTIGIEG - Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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December 11, 2020
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: TOM VILSACK - Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama,...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his administration in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: TOM VILSACK - Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama, was Iowa's governor from 1999 until 2007.

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December 11, 2020
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE - Fudge has served in the House of Representatives...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his administration in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: MARCIA FUDGE - Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black woman to lead HUD.

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December 23, 2020
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: MIGUEL CARDONA - Naming Cardona, currently the education commissioner for Connecticut...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his nominee for secretary of education
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: MIGUEL CARDONA - Naming Cardona, currently the education commissioner for Connecticut and a former teacher, fulfills Biden's pledge to choose a professional educator to lead the Education Department.

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December 19, 2020
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: DEB HAALAND - Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019,...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce key members of their...
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: DEB HAALAND - Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary and the first to oversee the department, whose jurisdiction includes tribal lands.

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December 19, 2020
SECRETARY OF ENERGY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM - Granholm served as the first female governor of Michigan, from...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce key members of their...
SECRETARY OF ENERGY: JENNIFER GRANHOLM - Granholm served as the first female governor of Michigan, from 2003 to 2011. In 2009, when Biden was vice president under Obama, she worked with his office on the bailout of auto manufacturers during the Great Recession.

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December 11, 2020
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH - McDonough was the White House chief of staff during...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his administration in Wilmington, Delaware
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: DENIS McDONOUGH - McDonough was the White House chief of staff during Obama's second term and also served as Obama's deputy national security adviser.

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November 24, 2020
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS - The Cuban-born lawyer will be the first Latino and...
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SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS - The Cuban-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed. As head of Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama, Mayorkas led implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for "Dreamers" - people who were brought to the United States as children.

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August 02, 2018
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: XAVIER BECERRA - The California attorney general was previously...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks about President Trump's proposal to weaken national...
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: XAVIER BECERRA - The California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress.

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December 08, 2020
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY - Walensky, currently the chief...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his health team in Wilmington, Delaware
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR: ROCHELLE WALENSKY - Walensky, currently the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will take a prominent role in the Biden administration's fight against the coronavirus.

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December 08, 2020
CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS - Zients will oversee an unprecedented operation to distribute hundreds...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his health team in Wilmington, Delaware
CORONAVIRUS COORDINATOR: JEFF ZIENTS - Zients will oversee an unprecedented operation to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a new vaccine, coordinating efforts across multiple federal agencies.

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December 08, 2020
SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY - A physician and former surgeon general, Murthy gained prominence in recent...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his health team in Wilmington, Delaware
SURGEON GENERAL: VIVEK MURTHY - A physician and former surgeon general, Murthy gained prominence in recent months as co-chairman of Biden's advisory board dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which the president-elect has pledged to make his top priority.

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November 24, 2020
AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - Thomas-Greenfield is a Black woman who served...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces announces national security team at his transition headquarters...
AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - Thomas-Greenfield is a Black woman who served as Obama's top diplomat on Africa from 2013 to 2017, leading U.S. policy in Africa south of the Sahara during the West African Ebola outbreak.

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December 11, 2020
UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI - The House Ways and Means Committee lawyer played...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his administration in Wilmington, Delaware
UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: KATHERINE TAI - The House Ways and Means Committee lawyer played a key role in negotiating stronger labor provisions with the Trump administration in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

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December 11, 2020
WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE - The experienced national security official...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his administration in Wilmington, Delaware
WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR: SUSAN RICE - The experienced national security official has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as an assistant secretary of state, and was national security advisor during Obama's second term.

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December 01, 2020
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR: NEERA TANDEN - Tanden, president of the progressive Center...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his economic policy team in Wilmington, Delaware...
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR: NEERA TANDEN - Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress think tank, helped create Obamacare, which Republicans want to demolish.

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December 01, 2020
COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE - Rouse, a labor economist and dean of the Princeton...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his economic policy team in Wilmington, Delaware...
COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR: CECILIA ROUSE - Rouse, a labor economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, was a member of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011.

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November 24, 2020
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN - Biden's national security adviser when he served as vice president...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces announces national security team at his transition headquarters...
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN - Biden's national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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November 24, 2020
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES - Haines served as deputy national security adviser under...
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President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks in Wilmington,...
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: AVRIL HAINES - Haines served as deputy national security adviser under Obama and previously was the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director.

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November 24, 2020
SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY - Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces announces national security team at his transition headquarters...
SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE: JOHN KERRY - Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as a Cabinet-level "climate czar" in the Biden administration who will help guide the country's climate diplomacy.

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December 19, 2020
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN - Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator,...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce key members of their...
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: MICHAEL REGAN - Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, worked at the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to run the EPA.

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December 19, 2020
DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY - McCarthy ran the EPA under Obama and managed some...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce key members of their...
DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR: GINA McCARTHY - McCarthy ran the EPA under Obama and managed some of the administration's signature rules for air and water pollution.

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November 13, 2014
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN - A longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the...
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is joined by Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain while he speaks with...
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAIN - A longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president's agenda.
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