Here’s a List of President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet Nominees

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard a flurry of names announced for top Cabinet posts in the incoming Trump administration.

In total, more than 4,000 political appointees will be joining government when Trump takes office. Of those, about 1,200 require Senate confirmation, including the Cabinet secretaries and their deputies, as well as appointees who will head the CIA, Environmental Protection Agency and other independent agencies, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

Trump has already made several appointments that do no require Senate confirmation, including Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was named White House Chief of Staff; and Stephen Bannon, Breitbart News Executive Chairman, was tapped to serve as Chief Strategist.

The Cabinet includes the vice president and the heads of 15 executive departments, including the secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

To help you keep track, we’ve provided a few details about the nominees and will be adding to the list as more names are revealed.

Secretary of State: Rex W. Tillerson 

Tillerson, 64, is a Texas-native oil executive and engineer. He is currently the CEO of ExxonMobil, and helped recover the company from a stock drop last year. Tillerson also has ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, because of his company’s oil business in the country.

Additional Reading:

Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, Chosen as Secretary of State 

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Commerce Secretary: Wilbur Ross

Ross, 79, is a prominent investor and longtime ally of Trump. He lent the president-elect a helping hand when Trump’s casino company went bankrupt in the early 1990s. He is worth $2.9 billion, according to Forbes, and is known for taking over struggling companies in industries such as coal, auto and textiles.

Additional Reading:

Trump Taps Billionaire Investor Wilbur Ross For Commerce Secretary

‘Vulture’ or ‘Phoenix’? Wilbur Ross, Risk-Taker, Is Eyed for Commerce Post

Trump to tap billionaire Wilbur Ross for Commerce secretary

Attorney General: Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sessions is a Republican Senator from Alabama, who served as a Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee in the 112th and 113th Congresses. The 69-year-old (soon to be 70 on Dec. 24) was one of Trump’s early supporters on Capitol Hill. Prior to becoming a senator, Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995 and served as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997 when he entered the U.S. Senate. He is currently serving his fourth term as a senator.

Additional Reading:

Biography of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama

Jeff Sessions, as Attorney General, Could Overhaul Department He’s Skewered

Jeff Sessions, a deficit hawk, may need to spend big on immigration

Health and Human Services Secretary: Rep. Tom Price

Rep. Price was elected to Congress in 2004 after serving four terms in the Georgia State Senate. Price, 62, is a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law in 2010. He prides himself on being a fierce opponent of government waste, who is devoted to limited government and lower spending. Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 20 years.

Additional Reading:

Rep. Tom Price is Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Dept.

About Tom Price

Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos

DeVos, 58, is a billionaire philanthropist and education activist from Michigan. She is a proponent of school choice, which allows students and their families to use public education dollars to attend schools outside of their assigned district. “I’m a total outsider to elective office and government, but I’m no stranger to the political process,” DeVos said on her personal website. She is not a supporter of Common Core standards, which she said has turned into a  “federalized boondoggle.”

Additional Reading:

What’s the worst that could happen with Betsy DeVos as education secretary? Two scenarios.

Q+A (Betsy DeVos website)

Betsy DeVos’s Michigan legacy

Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao

Chao served as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009 and was the only original cabinet member to stay on board all eight years of his administration. She also served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush. Her government service includes Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Deputy Maritime Administrator and White House Fellow. Prior to her start in government, she was Vice President of Syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group and a banker with Citicorp. The 63-year-old is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Additional Reading:


Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Elaine Chao tapped to be Trump’s Transportation secretary

Treasury Secretary: Steven Mnuchin

Mnuchin, 53, is a former Goldman Sachs banker, political fundraiser for Trump and a film producer. He spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs before leaving in 2002. As a movie financier, Mnuchin has helped fund and produce several movies, including “Sully,” “Storks,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Additional Reading:

Five things you need to know about Steve Mnuchin

Trump Picks Steve Mnuchin To Lead Treasury Department

Steven Mnuchin, Expected Treasury Pick, Is an Outsider to Public Policy

Defense Secretary: James N. Mattis

Mattis, 66, is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, who his troops often referred to as Mad Dog Mattis. He is known for his blunt speaking (check out some of his memorable quotes here) and for being very in-tune to intellectual happenings, often requiring cadets under his command to complete a reading list. Mattis served as the Commander of the U.S. Central Command before retiring from the Marine Corps after a 41-year career. His appointment would require Congress to waive a federal law that prohibits a defense secretary from having been on active duty in the past seven years.

Additional Reading:

Trump’s Defense Pick Challenges Rules Regarding Civilian Control Of The Military

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Ben Carson

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon, who rose to fame after successfully separating conjoined twins in 1987. The 65-year-old former Republican candidate for president was at one time considered for HHS Secretary. But Carson’s adviser Armstrong Williams told The Hill in November that “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.” But in a subsequent Facebook post leading up to his official nomination, Carson said after serious discussions with the Trump team he feels that he “can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone.” Contrary to earlier reports, Carson did not live in public housing growing up.

Additional Reading:

Trump Taps Ben Carson For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD

What Qualifies Ben Carson To Run HUD? ‘His Life,’ Says Longtime Adviser

Homeland Security Secretary: John F. Kelly

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, stepped down as head of U.S. Southern Command in January 2016 after more than 45 years of service in the military. According to Military Times, Kelly, 66, is one of the military’s longest serving commanders and the most senior officer since 9/11 to lose a child in combat. He is the third general tapped to serve in the Trump administration.

Additional Reading;

Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly picked to head Department of Homeland Security

Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary


Labor Secretary: Andrew Puzder

Puzder, a 66-year-old Ohio native, is the current CEO of CKE Restaurants, a company that owns, operates and franchises popular fast food chains, including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He attended Washington University School of Law and was a staunch Trump supporter on the campaign trail. He is known as being a vocal critic of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and stands against Obama administration efforts to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers.

Additional Reading:

Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary 

Trump’s Labor Pick, Andrew Puzder, Is Critic of Minimum Wage Increases

Andy Puzder’s Blog

Independent Agencies

Small Business Administration: Linda McMahon

McMahon is a 68-year-old businesswoman and politician, hailing from North Carolina. McMahon is most known for her contribution in turning the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.) into a multinational company. She has also ran for seats in the U.S. Senate twice, losing both times to Connecticut Democrats.

Additional Reading:

Trump taps wrestling executive to lead Small Business Administration

Trump chooses pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head SBA

Meet Linda McMahon, Wife of WWE Billionaire, and Trump’s Pick for Small Business Administrator 

Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt

Pruitt, 48, is the current Attorney General of the state of Oklahoma. He has been a sharp critic of EPA regulations in the past, even going so far as suing the agency. Pruitt is also known for having a strong alliance with the oil and gas industry. He has been quoted many times as saying that the EPA’s reach extends too far.

Additional Reading:

Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA

What You Need to Know About Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Pick for EPA

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA


Editorial Fellow Korey Lane and Technology Writer Nicole Blake Johnson contributed to this report.

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This is an impressive list of achievers, no insiders! Big chance they will drain the swamp; I hope so! And I hope the idea is catching.