President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces His First Cabinet Picks

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On Tuesday, November 24th, President-Elect Joe Biden held a press conference to introduce his cabinet nominations for his soon-to-be presidency. The Biden administration is undergoing the official election transition process. The Trump administration approved this transition, after some delay. Biden has nominated members from his economy nominees and appointees, national security nominees and appointees, and the White House Senior Staff. He has nominated individuals with diverse backgrounds, and even prior experience dating back to Former President Barack Obama’s administration. 

From his economic nominees and appointees, he has announced that his nominations will be Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden, Wally Adeyemo, Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein, and Heather Boushey. The duty of this set of members is to improve America’s current state of the economy and build it in a more beneficial way for all Americans. Even so, 5 out of 6 members of these nominees served during the Obama administration alongside the President-Elect. 

For his national security nominees and appointees, the list consists of: Antony Blinken, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Fmr. Secretary John Kerry. This team’s purpose is to serve as leadership and security for the U.S. government. One member, Secretary of State-nominee Antony Blinken has a history working with Biden from serving as a Deputy Security of State and Deputy National Security advisor during the Obama administration. As for Linda Thomas-Greenfield, she has worked as an assistant secretary of state for African Affairs under the Obama and Trump administration. 

The White House Senior Staff is a committee that is meant to be filled by members that are dedicated to closely assisting the President. Some nominees and appointees for his White House Senior Staff consist of: Mala Adiga, Elizabeth E. Alexander, Kate Bedingfield, Anthony Bernal, Reema Dodin, Mike Donilon, Carlos Elizondo, Ashley Etienne, Shuwanza Goff, Karine Jean-Pierre, Ron Klain, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Jen Psaki, Dana Remus, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Steve Ricchetti, Cedric Richmond, Julie Rodriguez, Cathy Russell, Symone Sanders, Jake Sullivan, Louisa Terrell, Pili Tobar, and Annie Tomasani. 

Joe Biden’s potential cabinet members are quite diverse and do include some historical firsts, such as Antonio Mayorkas being the first Latino and immigrant and Janet Yellen being potentially the first woman to be treasury secretary. Data recorded by CNN states that in total, there are 46% people of color and 52% of women on his transitional team. 

Speaking upon Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris states that the President-Elect told her that his top priority for his cabinet is to, “select a cabinet that looks like America and reflects the best of our nation. And that is what we have done.”