Biden’s cabinet: How his administration is taking shape

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his cabinet and White House team, working to fulfil his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States’s diversity.

Biden on Tuesday nominated retired General Lloyd Austin to be his defence secretary. The president-elect has already named leading members of his foreign policy and economic teams.He is expected to nominate Marcia Fudge, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, as secretary of housing and urban development and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.

Defence secretary: Lloyd Austin

Austin, who oversaw US forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, would be the first Black US secretary of defence if the Senate confirms him.

He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the post because he has been out of the military for less than the required seven years.

Austin is known as a shrewd strategist with deep knowledge of the armed forces. But his nomination could draw fire from some progressive groups, given his role in retirement on the board of a number of companies, including weapons maker Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge

Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. Before being elected to Congress, she was mayor of Warrensville Heights, a Cleveland suburb. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black woman to lead HUD, which focuses on federal policy surrounding housing.

Agriculture secretary: Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack, who led the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under then-President Barack Obama, was Iowa’s governor from 1999 until 2007. He was an early supporter of Biden and an adviser on rural issues during the former vice president’s campaign. Vilsack’s return to the USDA is likely to be applauded by Midwestern states that produce the bulk of commodity crops like corn, soybeans and wheat, and prefer him to someone from another region of the country.

Health and human services secretary: Xavier Becerra

The current California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As attorney general, he has led a coalition of 20 states defending the programme better known as Obamacare, including in a case before the US Supreme Court last month.

Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge

Fudge has served in the House of Representatives since 2008. Before being elected to Congress, she was mayor of Warrensville Heights, a Cleveland suburb. If confirmed, Fudge would be the second Black woman to lead HUD, which focuses on federal policy surrounding housing.

Agriculture secretary: Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack, who led the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under then-President Barack Obama, was Iowa’s governor from 1999 until 2007. He was an early supporter of Biden and an adviser on rural issues during the former vice president’s campaign. Vilsack’s return to the USDA is likely to be applauded by Midwestern states that produce the bulk of commodity crops like corn, soybeans and wheat, and prefer him to someone from another region of the country.

Health and human services secretary: Xavier Becerra

The current California attorney general was previously a 12-term congressman who played a key role in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As attorney general, he has led a coalition of 20 states defending the programme better known as Obamacare, including in a case before the US Supreme Court last month.

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