Who are Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks?
January 12, 2021 - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced the final members of his Cabinet, his White House team and other top jobs in his administration ahead of being sworn into office on January 20.
Biden’s diverse team will be the “first Cabinet ever” to reach gender parity and include a majority of people of colour, notable given earlier concerns that he was leaning largely on white men.
Some nominees have decades of experience in their respective agencies. Many held prominent roles in the Obama administration. Many have already begun meeting with interest groups and advocacy organisations, and his transition team has had what’s been described as an “open-door policy” toward advocacy groups for months.
It’s a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, which was dominated largely by white men with little experience in Washington. Biden’s aides say that was one of the goals he set in filling out his Cabinet: to signal that his presidency means a return to competent, stable leadership government.
Biden’s Cabinet is unlikely to be in place when he assumes the presidency. The Senate, which must confirm the nominees, hasn’t scheduled hearings for many of the picks.
But the confirmation process for many of the nominees may be smoother after Democrats picked up two Senate seats in Georgia last week, leaving the chamber evenly divided. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats the edge.
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