Biden's team: Who to enter US government?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

From U.S. Secretary of State to Secretary for Veterans Affairs - we have gathered the candidates that might head key government agencies
10:00, 22 January 2021

Joe Biden
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In December 2020, President-elect Joe Biden made a promise. He has pledged to form the most racially and gender-diverse Cabinet in US history.

Later, within a few weeks, the names of those who would be nominated by Biden for the ministers of the new US government were announced. They still have to go through the hearing procedure in the relevant committees of the Congress. But, as a rule, this procedure is rather formal.

Now more specifically about those who would enter the Biden Cabinet.

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U.S. Secretary of State

Anthony Blinken

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Before appointment:

- Deputy National Security Advisor (2013-2015);

- Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017) under President Barack Obama;

During Bill Clinton's presidency, Blinken worked in the State Department and held senior positions in the staff of the National Security Council.

Political views: called Turkey "an important US ally", criticized Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, called Brexit "a complete mess."

As the BBC clarifies, Blinken became one of the first American diplomats to announce in 2014 that the United States is studying the possibility of transferring lethal weapons to Ukraine.

He also stressed that the United States is "deeply committed to the future of Ukraine and its success." Blinken has repeatedly stated that Moscow is involved in the events in Donbas.

U.S. Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen

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Before appointment:

- Chairman of the US Federal Reserve System (2014-2018);

- A member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (1994-1997, 2010-2018). She chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton (1997-1999).

As of November 2020, Yellen was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Related: Key EU leaders reveal expectations from U.S. with President Biden

Defense Minister

Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin
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Austin is a four-star army general. Served as Commander of the US Central Command. He was the last commander of the US Armed Forces during the Iraqi Operation New Dawn, which ended in December 2011.

Related news: Joe Biden picks defense secretary: Who is Lloyd Austin?

Attorney General

Merrick Garland

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Before appointment:

- Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2013 - 2020).

Minister of Internal Affairs

Deb Haaland

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Before appointment:

United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico. Former chairman of the New Mexico Democratic Party.

One of the first two Indian women to be elected to the US Congress.

May become the first Native American woman to head the Interior Ministry, and the first Native American woman in the US government in the history of this country.

Minister of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack

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Before appointment:

- US Secretary of Agriculture (2009-2017)

- Governor of Iowa (1999-2007);

- Mayor of Mount Pleasant (1987-1992).

Minister of Commerce

Gina Raimondo

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Before appointment:

- Treasurer General of Rhode Island (2011-2015);

- Governor of Rhode Island (2015-present).

Minister of Labor

Marty Walsh

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Before appointment:

- Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1997-2014);

- Mayor of Boston (2014-present).

Related: Biden claims combating Covid-19 his first priority

Minister of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra

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Former member of the California State Assembly and still the current California Attorney General.

Deputy Minister of Health

Rachel Levine

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It is not for nothing that we dwelt on the candidacy of the Deputy Minister of Health. Rachel Levine is the first transgender person to hold a federal office.

According to the Voice of America, Levine is a pediatrician. Since 2017, she has headed the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development

Marcia Fudge

Marcia Fudge
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Former Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Former Chairman of the Council of Blacks of the United States Congress.

Transport Minister

Pete Buttigieg


He was one of the contenders for the presidential elections from the Democrats but lost the primaries. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 to 2020. Openly gay.

Energy Minister

Jennifer Granholm

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Before appointment:

- Attorney General of Michigan (1999-2003);

- Governor of Michigan (2003-2011).

Related: Full text: Joe Biden inauguration speech transcript

Minister of education

Miguel Cardona

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Commissioner of Education for the State of Connecticut.

Secretary for Veterans Affairs

Denis McDonough

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Former head of the White House administration (2013-2017).

Secretary of Homeland Security

Alejandro Mayorkas

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Former Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (2009-2013).

Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2016).

Chief of Staff of the White House

Ron Klein

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Former chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore (1995-1999) and Vice President Joe Biden (2009-2011).

Director of National Intelligence

Avril Haynes

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Former deputy director of the CIA (2013-2015).

Former Deputy National Security Advisor (2015-2017).

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