Joe Biden began unveiling his administration's team on Monday morning, naming those who will lead his coronavirus task force. President-elect and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will also receive their initial briefing from the team.
Rick Bright, the whistleblower who was fired as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority earlier this year and has since been an outspoken critic of Trump, will be on the panel.
The Advisory Board is jointly chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who served towards the end of President Barack Obama's tenure. former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler; and Associate Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Marcella Nunez-Smith.
Biden also appointed Zeke Emanuel, who served as special advisor on health policy to the Obama administration's Bureau of Administration and Budget, to the task force. He was also involved in shaping policy for Obamacare.
By announcing the members of the panel so soon after declaring victory over the weekend, Biden is underscoring his commitment to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic even before he takes office.
Biden and Harris will receive a briefing Monday from his Transitional Coronavirus Advisory Board in Wilmington, Delaware. You will also attend briefings with transition counselors.
President-elect Joe Biden announced those who will serve on his coroanvirus task force. He announced that they will be led by Obama-era surgeon-general Vivek Murthy
Biden also tapped Zeke Emanuel (left), who acted as special advisor on health policy and helped shape policy for Obamacare and Rick Bright (right), the whistleblower who was ousted by the National Institute of Health earlier this year and has been open to criticism since Trump
The former vice president will also make comments on his plans to beat COVID-19 and rebuild the economy.
On Monday, Biden plans to announce more people who will be involved in his administration.
Also on Monday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence will hold a dedicated coronavirus task force meeting as the current government continues to focus on fighting the pandemic.
"STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON," praised Trump in a tweet on Monday morning. & # 39; REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SO BIG NEWS! & # 39;
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced overnight Monday that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. The company plans to apply to the FDA for emergency approval by next week.
Biden praised the breakthrough but set a cautious tone on what a vaccine means for the future of Americans during the pandemic.
"Last night my health advisors were informed of this excellent news," Biden said in a statement Monday morning. "I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped make this breakthrough and give us cause for hope."
"At the same time, it's important to understand that the end of the fight against COVID-19 is still months away," he warned.
The president-elect said a mask was still a more powerful weapon against the virus than the vaccine. Today's news doesn't change this pressing reality. & # 39;
"Americans have to rely on masking, distancing, contact tracing, hand washing and other measures to protect themselves well into next year," he said, underscoring the impotence of his recently formed task force.
"Today's news is great news, but that doesn't change that fact."
"America is still losing more than 1,000 people a day to COVID-19, and that number is rising – and will continue to get worse if we don't make progress on masking and other emergency measures," he said. “That is the reality for now and for the next few months. Today's announcement promises a chance to change that next year, but the tasks ahead now remain the same. & # 39;
Trump has still not conceded the election, claiming it was a "corrupt" process because states continued to count and accept ballot papers after election day on November 3rd.
He's also still more optimistic about the pandemic, having said repeatedly that a vaccine would be distributed before the end of 2020.
President Donald Trump, who has still not admitted Biden, praised the breakthrough of a 90 percent effective vaccine
Joe Biden began announcing his own coronavirus task force on Monday. He will have to fill 4,000 federal posts over the next few months
Biden's transition team representatives said this week the president-elect will also set up his agency review teams, the group of transition staff who have access to key agencies in the current administration, to facilitate the transfer of power.
The teams collect and review information such as budget and staffing decisions, upcoming regulations and other ongoing work from current departmental employees to help Biden's team prepare for the transition.
"People want the country to move forward," said Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager, in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning.
She went on to say that Americans want Biden and Harris "to have the opportunity to do the job, get the virus under control, and get our economy back together".
The move to appoint a COVD tsar first follows his promise to do so in his speech to the nation on Saturday. It also means that its first representative is a black person – Murthy's parents are Indian who lived in the UK and Canada before immigrating to the US when they were three – and someone with a previous career in government too.
And it shows he's not afraid to piss off Republicans; Murthy has been criticized for insisting that gun safety is a public health issue.
Biden will be heavily focused on coronavirus, hiring his west wing staff and filling out his cabinet as the transition process begins amid concerns over how Donald Trump will treat his successor during the transfer of power.
But as Biden steps down the priority list as the nation's 46th president, he faces unique pressures to appease the various coalitions that have brought him to the White House: Progressives, Centrist, African American, Unions, Sun Belts, Rust Belts, and Georgia Democrats could all lay claim to space in his closet.
As a longtime politician, Biden has deep connections on both sides of the political aisle and will face many outstretched hands asking for a reward now that he walks into the Oval Office.
"Democratic Washington is basically the 'Six Degrees of Joe Biden.' That dynamic is a double-edged sword – it means he has limitless talent to draw from and feed many, many mouths," a former official told the Obama administration told DailyMail.com.
The list of "mouths" is long:
- BLACK DEMOCRATS: Rep. James Clyburn, the African-American Congressman who helped vote for Biden for president, has made it clear that he wants to see black faces in a government and cabinet in Biden.
- PROGRESSIVE: Liberals, led by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, want progressives to have a voice. And Warren announced that she would like to become Treasury Secretary.
- GEORGIA DEMOCRATS: They want their state to be rewarded for going blue and for failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to get the recognition she deserves after turning her loss into a movement to mobilize voters.
- WORK: The unions have been dependable supporters of Biden for years – a fact they'll remind him of when it comes to choosing cabinet secretaries and top federal deputies.
- BLUE WALL: The Midwestern Democrats brought the "blue wall" from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin back to Biden and helped him hand over the White House. Her shining star, ironically not from either of those states, is former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Every cabinet candidate must be approved by the Senate. Should Republicans retain control of the upper chamber, Biden will have to weigh his decisions against what GOP leader Mitch McConnell will pull into the Senate.
Control of the upper chamber will be decided on January 5, two weeks before Biden's inauguration, when the two runoff races of the Senate in Georgia are voted on.
Biden has 1,500 people to approve and who he is chosen by could be dependent by Senate scrutiny. Republican leader Mitch McConnell could make it difficult to get progressive candidates through the verification process
For the president-elect, who ends up in power in the upper chamber, it means the difference between deciding which cabinet members to argue over and the moderate contenders in the middle of the road who would sail by confirmation.
Biden has made it clear that he wants a diverse cabinet.
"Men, women, gay, straight, right in the middle, black, white, Asian," he said this spring when speaking on the subject. "It is really important that you look like the country because everyone brings a slightly different perspective."
First off, Biden will tackle the coronavirus pandemic that infects more than 100,000 Americans every day when he starts a coronavirus task force on Monday.
“Folks, our job starts with getting COVID under control. We cannot restore the economy, our vitality or life's greatest pressures if we embrace our grandchildren, birthdays, graduations and all the things that matter most to us until we have them under control, ”he told the nation on Saturday evening in a speech he had been declared the election winner.
"On Monday, I will be appointing a group of senior scientists and experts as transition advisors to turn the Biden-Harris plan into actual draft, which will begin on January 20, 2021," he said.
Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, and Former White House Advisor to Obama Dr. Zeke Emanuel, are some of them who will be on Biden's commission.
You are part of a group that advised Biden during his campaign on the pandemic.
In the long list of jobs and appointments to be announced, the positions of the west wing will likely be announced first, as it is uncertain which party will control the Senate.
If Biden wins, he will have to nominate 4,000 political candidates, 1,250 of which must be confirmed, Dave Marchick, director of the Center for President's Transition in Civil Service Partnership, told the Federal News Service.
And the easiest to fill are the ones that don't require Senate confirmation. This can be a lengthy and arduous process, especially when the opposition party controls the chamber.
& # 39; The election results, particularly the Senate’s continued scrutiny of the GOP, could have an impact on who the team suggests for positions that require confirmation. This shouldn't affect the White House occupation. So expect the big jobs in the west wing to be some of the early announcements, ”predicted the former Obama official.
There was already speculation that Biden would appoint his longtime aide, Ron Klain, as his chief of staff. Klain had the same job for Biden when Biden was vice president.
Also mentioned for the job on Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, a prominent member of Biden's inner circle and co-chair of his presidential campaign. He would be the first black chief of staff if he got the job, which is at the cabinet level but doesn't require Senate approval. Regardless of his position, he is expected to play a prominent role in Biden's administration.
Former US surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy and the Director of Science in the Public Interest Dr. David Kessler – the two men on the screens above – were part of the team that briefed Biden on the pandemic during the presidential campaign
Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, a prominent member of Biden's inner circle and co-chair of his presidential campaign, is expected to be given a top management position and could be named the Black White House's first chief of staff
Biden's transition team had been working quietly to take over government even before the presidential campaign started.
The team has a website ready and has begun making a priority list by January 20th – when Biden and his runner-up Kamala Harris take the oath of office. Four are already on the site: COVID, Economic Aid, Racial Equality and Climate Change.
On Sunday the team started his Twitter account: Transition46.
Meanwhile, there have been concerns that President Trump, who refuses to allow the race, will complicate the transition process.
However, a senior administration official argued differently to DailyMail.com.
Recognizing that "minor irritations" are common with a presidential shift, the official noted that transitions are usually carried out by government officials rather than political representatives.
Remember: a remarkable number of people who work in a White House are NOT political representatives. This has advantages and disadvantages (the biggest minus is that these people are often actively the obstacle to implementing a policy they disagree with.) But one of the pluses is that it makes a transition smooth, ”he said senior administrators.
Former Senator Ted Kaufman, a longtime friend of Biden and his former Senate Chief of Staff, who was appointed to his Senate seat after Biden's appointment as Vice President, is leading the transition process.
Jeff Zients, a former Obama administration official, is also working on the transition.
Biden announced on the first day of his tenure that he would seek to reverse many of Trump's executive orders – including those on economic issues and the environment. He has vowed to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.
He can do this by swiping his presidential pen, but the orders will need to be drawn up and prepared over the next few months.
There is already a small transition staff in place, including advisers on a range of topics – including health care, national security, and foreign policy – and a spokesperson for communications.
Emily Murphy, head of General Services Administration, will be a key player in this process as her agency takes the lead in the transfer of power.
She also has the difficult job of determining when Biden will officially be elected president. Trump denies the results and is initiating lawsuits in several battlefield states on Monday.
Murphy could wait until December 14th, when the electoral college meets to officially cast his vote for president and pull the trigger for the transition process.
Once she gives the green light, the Biden transition team will have access to the various federal agencies to begin the review process – an area that is important for writing these executive orders and making hiring decisions.
Biden would come to the White House with unmatched government experience: 36 years in the Senate and eight years as Vice President.
He has built close relationships with members of both parties, including Mitch McConnell.
And while this might come in handy when it comes to confirming his cabinet, it doesn't mean McConnell will be quick to prevail against progressive competitors.
"The more extreme wing of his party will not take over politics in this country," said Republican Senator Mitt Romney on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
That could be a blow to the party's liberal wing and its most prominent members, including Sanders, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez declined to look into the matter on Sunday when she spoke to CNN.
"Well, I'm going to spend my next few months doing everything I can to help … to make sure we don't have a Senate Republican majority, that we win these races in Georgia, that we get a Senate Democratic majority, with that we don't have to negotiate that way, ”she told CNN's State of the Union.
If Republicans keep the Senate, Biden could find it difficult to approve progressive candidates, which would be a blow to liberals like Senator Elizabeth Warren and MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
There have been reports that Warren is interested in the Treasury Secretary and it is unclear how that would play out in the Senate.
She is one of the largest liberals in the Democratic Party, but there is a Senate tradition that depends on quick approval for candidates in her ranks. Additionally, Massachusetts has a Republican governor to appoint her successor, which means Democrats would lose a seat if she got the job, although they would likely win it back in the special election.
Ironically, Warren ran for the Senate after then-President Barack Obama refused to appoint her as head of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, also fearing that she might not be confirmed in the Senate.
Biden and McConnell worked closely together when Biden was Vice President and did business during the Obama years. McConnell was one of the few Republican lawmakers at Beau Biden's funeral.
He praised Biden as an honest partner with whom to negotiate.
“We have achieved results that would not have been possible without a negotiator like Joe Biden. Of course, I don't always agree with him, but I implicitly trust him. He doesn't break his word, he doesn't waste time telling me why I'm wrong, "McConnell said in December 2016." There's a reason "Put Joe on the Phone" is short for "Get Serious Time" is my office. "
WHO WILL RUN THE COUNTRY WITH JOE? MEET THE FRONTIER FOR THE CABINET AND TOP WHITE HOUSE JOBS
Joe Biden will begin naming his cabinet selection within days. But the president-elect is facing unique pressures to please the various coalitions that have brought him to the White House: Georgia Progressives, Centrist, African American, Unions, Sun Belts, Rust Belts, and Democrats all could claim a seat in his cabinet – what is provided is the most diverse in history. And he may need to get it approved by a Republican Senate.
Here are the front runners – and some of the wildcards – for the most powerful jobs in America:
THE STARS DEMOCRATIC PARTY WANTS TO USE BIG JOBS
STACEY ABRAMS FOR SCOTUS?
Abrams turned their failed Georgia gubernatorial campaign into a movement to mobilize disenfranchised voters and register more African Americans. Their efforts paid off in Georgia, where Joe Biden took over the leadership of President Donald Trump. Should Georgia turn blue, Biden would be the first Democrat to wear it since 1992. And thanks to Abrams, who is complimented by everyone from congressman to celebrity. Abrams was mentioned as a potential runner-up, but Biden eventually went with Kamala Harris to ask questions about Abrams' lack of national experience. Biden said he would have African American women in his cabinet – and he said he would appoint one to the Supreme Court. How he will reward Abrams and where there would be a place for them remains a question mark.
Could Bernie be in the closet?
The Vermont Liberal Senator didn't give Joe Biden the problems in the 2020 Democratic primary he gave Hillary Clinton in the 2016 contest. When the race was all but over, Sanders stepped aside, backed Biden and called on the Liberals to defeat Donald Trump. He helped keep the left in Biden's corner when the progressives feared Biden's moderate record. Although he was mentioned as an opportunity for the Minister of Labor, it remains to be seen what role he will play in the Biden administration – or whether he will remain in the Senate.
HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE ALEXANDRIA?
The New York Congresswoman is a liberal rock star and a national figure on the Democratic scene. She helped shape Biden's climate policy and combined his moderate views with the demands of the liberals. Biden has talked about creating a cabinet or senior advisor-level job that focuses solely on climate change. Ocasio-Cortez could be a prominent candidate for such a job.
HELL YES, HE WILL GIVE SOMETHING
O & # 39; Rourke became a national star in his failed Senate bid in 2018 when he dismissed Conservative Senator Ted Cruz in Texas within two counts. He tried to translate this into a Democratic presidential campaign but quickly crashed and burned. He also became a prominent advocate of stricter gun laws after a shootout at a WalMart in his hometown of El Paso – a position Trump sought to take in the general election against Biden. "Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we're not going to let it be used against your fellow American citizens," he said during the September 2019 primary Democratic debate. O & # 39; Rourke supported Biden and campaigned heavily for him in Texas to make Texas blue. Biden lost the state by six points, but he's trending blue. Will Beto try to run for governor of the state or join a Biden government?
MAYOR PETE, SECRETARY PETE, AMBASSADOR PETE?
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, was one of the first top nominations for the Democratic President nomination, who backed Joe Biden when he retired from elementary school. He is expected to play a prominent role in the Biden administration. He was the first openly gay person to launch a major presidential campaign. He and his husband Chasten became national stars when Buttigieg ran for president. A Harvard and Oxford graduate who speaks several languages fluently, the army veteran who served in Afghanistan, was also named as a potential ambassador to the United Nations.
COULD ELIZABETH WARREN'S FINANCE RUN?
Elizabeth Warren's name was announced as Secretary of the Treasury. The Massachusetts Senator is one of the biggest liberals in the Democratic Party to violate in a GOP-led chamber, but there is a Senate tradition that stems from quick approval for candidates in her ranks. She's also supposedly not a socialist, but a capitalist – she says the current system is not capitalism at all. Ironically, Warren ran for the Senate after then-President Barack Obama refused to make her head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, also fearing that she might not be confirmed in the Senate. But the Massachusetts governor is a Republican – so he would have to agree to replace her with a Democrat for a move to be possible.
THE COMMANDED INNER CIRCLE
COMEBACK FOR JOHN KERRY
A former Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State, and former Senator from Massachusetts, Kerry is a party leader and longtime friend of Biden. He also advised him on climate change, a strong cause for Kerry. He was also mentioned for a climate change tsar should Biden create such a position.
RISING STAR CEDRIC RICHMOND COULD BE THE FIRST BLACK STAFF CHAIRMAN
The Louisiana Democratic Congressman helped Biden with African American voters and is a prominent advisor to the president-elect. He was mentioned for a top management role, including serving as the first black chief of staff. But long-time Biden consultant Ron Klain is also fighting for this role. Unless Richmond gets a chief of staff, he is expected to hold a top position in the Biden White House.
DELAWARE SENATOR TOP DIPLOMAT?
Chris Coons from Delaware is a close personal friend of Joe Biden and has a Senate seat in Biden. Before attending Yale Law School, he was a volunteer in Africa. He would likely be easily ratified by the Senate. "If asked, I would be honored to serve," Coons told ABC's This Week on Sunday. "Joe is someone who has long been a foreign policy leader. I have been a member of the External Relations Committee for a decade and there is much to be done to reconsider the world and restore our leadership position on the world stage."
LA & # 39; S MAYOR FOR TRANSPORT?
Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Mayor, is a longtime Biden loyalist. He will be temporarily unemployed in March 2022. In 2016, he declined to endorse Hillary Clinton until he was sure Biden wasn't running.
INSIDER FRIEND AS A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR?
Tony Blinking: As a former deputy state secretary and deputy national security advisor, Blinken is close to Biden and is considered a candidate for the State Department or a national security advisor. He is a veteran of the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate Iran's nuclear ambitions and fight against ISIS. He previously had a confirmatory battle in the Senate when he became deputy secretary of state. In 2017, Blinken co-founded WestExec Advisors, a policy advisory firm, along with Michèle Flournoy, named a top contender for Pentagon chief.
And who else could get what key role
Susan Rice: Rice was also mentioned as a potential associate of Joe Biden and was US Ambassador and National Security Advisor to President Obama. Obama considered making her a top job at Foggy Bottom after Hillary Clinton left the State Department. She could now pursue the same problem that prevented her appointment at the time: Republican anger against her after a controversy over the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic facility in Benghazi.
Michele Flournoy: Flournoy, the favorite for the job, was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy under President Clinton and Undersecretary for Political Affairs under President Obama. A 2007 graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Flournoy co-founded the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, DC nonprofit think tank specializing in US national security issues. Her name was also mentioned for the same job when Hillary Clinton won. If confirmed, she would be the first female defense minister.
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois: Mentioned as a possible runner-up for Joe Biden, Duckworth lost both legs and some mobility in his right arm in 2004 when she was an Army helicopter pilot in Iraq and her helicopter was hit by a missile. She was awarded the Purple Heart. She served two terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate, where she became the first female Senator to give birth to a child. The Senate rules were changed so she could get her young daughter into the Senate.
Lael Brainard: As governor of the Federal Reserve, she is not controversial and could easily be confirmed in a Republican-led Senate. She was Undersecretary of State for International Affairs in the Obama administration and since 2014 a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She would be the first woman to hold this job if appointed and sustained.
Mellody Hobson: She is the President and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments and the former Chair of DreamWorks Animation. In 2017 she became the first African American woman to lead the Economic Club of Chicago. A Princeton graduate, she is married to Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Raphael Bostic: Bostic, the president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, would be the first black and the first openly gay person to head the department.
Democratic Senator Doug Jones from Alabama: Jones lost to Republican Tommy Tuberville on election night, which means he'll need a job in January. The former US attorney in Alabama has a strong civil rights record as two members of the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham almost 40 years later. He is also a personal friend of Joe Biden and worked on Biden's first presidential campaign in 1988. It wouldn't make Biden's cabinet more diverse, but it would be easily ratified by the Senate.
Andrew Cuomo: The New York governor became a national steward as he led his state through the COVID pandemic. He was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during Bill Clinton's tenure.
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez: He was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Obama administration before Obama appointed him Secretary of Labor. Not a single Republican Senator voted for his appointment to the Department of Labor.
Sally Yates: The former assistant attorney general in the Obama administration became a prominent celebrity when President Donald Trump fired her in the early days of his presidency for refusing to defend his executive order banning access to people in several Muslim countries . Senate Republicans could use this to object to their approval.
Alejandro Mayorkas: He was the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration and would be its first Latino secretary if confirmed. As director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, he also led the implementation of President Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Not a single Republican Senator voted in 2013 to confirm him as DHS deputy secretary because he was involved in that program.
Xavier Becerra: The California attorney general has been named as a candidate for the job, as head of the Justice Department, and as someone who could appoint Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the Senate seat of Kamala Harris.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Michelle Lujan Grisham: The governor of New Mexico ran the state health department before serving in the House of Representatives. She is also co-chair of the Biden transition team. And it commissioned a study to implement a state-level public option that is equivalent to Biden Push for a federal option.
Vivek Murthy: The former surgeon general in Obama's administration was part of the team that advised Biden during the campaign on COVID. Murthy, who founded the nonprofit Doctors for America in 2008, was the first general surgeon of Indian descent. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School, Republicans were able to object to his previous comments on gun violence, which he identified as a threat to public health.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia: As an elementary school teacher and immediate former president of NEA, she is preferred for the job as Biden has promised to send a teacher to a public school. She is a former Utah Teacher of the Year and began her school days as a lunch servant in the cafeteria.
Randi Weingarten: As the head of the American Federation of Teachers, she was one of the many union leaders who supported Biden. She began her history education at a New York public high school. Her mother was also a teacher.
Julie Su: Labor is the cabinet position expected to go to a Liberal, and Su, secretary of the California Agency for Employment and Human Resources Development, tops the list of candidates. She is a nationally recognized expert on employee and civil rights. Graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish.
Meg Whitman: The job is seen as a place for Biden to appoint a Republican and Whitman, the CEO of Quibi, which is currently closing, and the former CEO of eBay, could be the answer. She ran for governor of California in 2010, won the GOP primary, but lost the general to Democrat Jerry Brown.
Terry McAuliffe: Former Virginia Governor McAuliffe is a former banker, investor, and chairman of the Democratic National Committee close to the Clintons.
Ernest Moniz: Moniz is a nuclear physicist who served as President Obama's Energy Secretary. He was also an informal advisor to the Biden campaign on energy issues. It was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for Energy Ministers in 2013.
Heidi Heitkamp: The North Dakota Democrat lost its Senate seat in 2018 and is very moderate. She has broken with Democrats on controversial issues, including support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Tom Udall: The Democratic Senator from New Mexico is not seeking re-election, but wants to stay in public life. The Home Office, which administers more than half a billion acres of state, is an ideal place for him. His father Stewart ran Interior for eight years under the administrations of Kennedy and Johnson.
Deb Haaland: The New Mexico Democratic Congresswoman would be the first Native American woman to serve in a presidential cabinet if appointed to the job. Her supporters are harshly pushing her for the position. She was one of the first of two Native American women to be elected to Congress. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Keisha Lance Bottoms: The mayor of Atlanta gained national fame during the Black Lives Matters protests as she led her city through the riots. As a prominent Biden supporter, she helped vote for him in Atlanta.
Alvin Brown: Brown worked in the agency under President Bill Clinton and is the former mayor of Jacksonville, Florida.
Sources: Politico, CNN, New York Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times
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