President-elect Joe Biden has begun to build out his administration as he prepares to take office in January, naming a team of people to help him tackle an historic global pandemic rebuild the economy, fight climate change and reset American foreign policy. Beginning with his picks to lead the State Department, Homeland Security Department and other national security posts, the Biden transition team has been rapidly vetting and rolling out nominees for a range of Cabinet jobs in recent days and weeks.
With the exception of John Kerry, Biden’s pick to serve as a “global climate czar” in the White House, all of these positions require Senate approval — no small task in what’s likely to remain a Republican-controlled chamber. And despite selecting a number of nominees who would be historic “firsts” in their roles — including Janet Yellen as the first female Treasury secretary and Gen. Lloyd Austin as the first Black secretary of Defense — Biden is also facing pushback from lawmakers and activists of color, who feel that his administration still has too many white, male faces in positions of power.
POLITICO is maintaining a rolling list of the people Biden has chosen for Cabinet posts and those in the mix for positions that have yet to be filled:
Secretary of State
Secretary of Homeland Security
Director of National Intelligence
Global Climate Czar
Health and Human Services Secretary
U.S. Trade Representative
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Veterans Affairs Secretary