Biden announces nominees for cabinet positions

As President-elect Joe Biden be- gins his transition to power, he has started to announce cabinet picks for the upcoming administration. So far, his cabinet consists of veterans in their field who have past experience working with Biden, who will also bring diversity and fresh ideas to the Biden administration. Here is a look at some of the nominated cabinet members:
White House Chief of Staff

Ron Klain (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The White House Chief of Staff oversees the duties of the remaining cabinet positions and is the only position that does not require Senate approval. Biden appointed Ron Klain,
his former Chief of Staff when he was vice president. Klain was also the Ebola response coordinator during the Obama Administration.
Biden believes that Klain’s experience fighting a medical crisis will make him a strong Chief of Staff in the wake of COVID-19. According to, Biden said, “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again.”

Secretary of Homeland Security

Alejandro Mayorkas (Photo courtesy of Associated Press)

Cuban immigrant Alejandro Mayorkas was appointed by Biden to become the first Latino and immigrant Secretary of Homeland Security. Mayorkas tweeted, “I’m very proud of my identity, I’m very proud of my heritage, I’m very proud of my parents, and most of all I’m proud to be a United States citizen. As Secretary of Homeland Security, I hope I can represent for others the opportunities that America provides to everyone.”
His past experience includes serving as the U.S. Director of Citizenship and Immigration Service and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama Administration. In this role, Mayorkas will work to protect the U.S. from terrorist threats, secure American borders and enforce immigration laws.

White House Press Secretary

Jennifer Psaki (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Jennifer Psaki was appointed to serve as the White House press secretary. She served as the deputy press secretary and White House communications director under Obama. While this isn’t a formal cabinet position, the acting press secretary works closely with the president and must be appointed by the president.
However, Psaki will not be acting alone. Psaki is set to lead the first all-female presidential communications team in U.S. history. With the help of her team, she will assist Biden in navigating news media and spreading his message to the American people.
Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris tweeted, “Our country is facing unprecedented challenges and to overcome them we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people. This experienced, talented, and barrier-shatter- ing team will do just that.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

While the Trump Administration did not fill the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the Biden Administration is reestablishing the role by appointing former Director General of the Foreign Service Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the position. As a black woman, Greenfield grew up in a segregated town in Louisiana and faced racism and discrimination throughout her life. This adversity has equipped her with the perspective necessary to accurately represent the U.S. in the United Nations.
According to, Thomas-Greenfield said, “The challenges we face — a global pandemic, the global economy, the global climate crisis, mass migration and extreme poverty, social justice — are unrelenting and interconnected, but they’re not unsolvable if America is leading the way.”

Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Biden appointed Janet Yellen to be the Treasury Secretary. If approved by the Senate, Yellen will become the first female Treasury Secretary in the 230 years the position has been in place. She will be tasked to help advise Biden’s economic response to COVID-19 along with other economic issues.