Presidential Cabinet Update: Meet the New Additions and Nominees

President Obama’s second term cabinet is beginning to fill out.  Within the past few weeks several nominees have been confirmed by the Senate, and the President has announced others that must still undergo congressional vetting.  Here’s a quick look at the men and women who may be, or may soon be, your new bosses.

Confirmed

Central Intelligence Agency

John O. Brennan was confirmed as the next director of the CIA on March 7, and was sworn in on March 8.  Brennan served in the government at the CIA for a quarter of a century, from 1980 to 2005. For the past four years Brennan has served at the White House as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.   

Department of Defense

Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel was sworn in as Secretary of Defense on February 27. Entering the United States Army as a volunteer, Hagel rose to the rank of Sergeant, and during his career he earned numerous military decorations and honors, including two purple hearts. Hagel served under President Ronald Reagan as the Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration. In 1996, Hagel was elected to the Senate and represented Nebraska until 2009. Following his Senate career, Secretary Hagel served as Co-Chairman of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board and a member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board.

Department of State

Former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry took over as Secretary of State on February 1. Kerry is the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to become Secretary in over a century. Kerry, the son of a Foreign Service Officer, served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Navy, returning home with a Silver Star, A Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts.

Department of Treasury

On February 27 the Senate confirmed Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew previously served the President as White House Chief of Staff. Prior to that role, Lew was OMB Director, a position he also held in President Clinton’s cabinet from 1998-2001. For much of the 1980’s, Lew served as principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr.

Awaiting Confirmation

Department of Energy

On March 4 President Obama nominated MIT professor Ernest Moniz to become the next Energy secretary. Moinz has previously held energy-policy roles under both Presidents Clinton and Obama. He was undersecretary for Energy from 1997 to 2001, and in 2009 Moinz was appointed as the associate director for science in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Department of Interior

Recreational Equipment Inc., president and chief executive Sally Jewell was nominated to be the next leader of the Interior department on February 6. Jewell’s resume includes workon the Alaska oil pipeline, as a petroleum engineer in Colorado, as a commercial banker for nearly twenty years, and as chief executive of a billion-dollar company. 

Department of Labor

The President is expected to soon nominate Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Thomas Perez, as the next secretary of Labor. Perez previously served as the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), and before that served on the Montgomery County Council (MD). Earlier, Perez spent 12 years in federal career service, mostly as a career prosecutor for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno.

Environmental Protection Agency

On March 4 President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to be next EPA administrator. In addition to her most recent experience as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, McCarthy also worked at the state and local levels. She was a previous Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

Office of Management and Budget

On March 4 President Obama nominated the Wal-Mart Foundation’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next OMB chief. Burwell is a Washington veteran, with experience as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and OMB’s deputy director during the Clinton administration.

 

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