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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