The President’s Cabinet
Below is information regarding Cabinet appointments. There are separate posts detailing the scope of responsibility of Cabinet Secretaries which can be found by clicking on the appropriate department in the sidebar.
See additional pages (in lower sidebar) for sub-Cabinet and Executive appointments.
The United States Cabinet is the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States. All but the Attorney General have the title “Secretary.”
Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and then presented to the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority.
Below is a list of cabinet positions, their nominees (if known) and, in parentheses, the Senate committee responsible for confirmation hearing. This list will be updated as events unfold.
Secretary of the Treasury (Finance)
Tim Geithner (Approved by Senate Finance Committee; confirmed by Senate 1/26/09)
Secretary of Defense (Armed Services – since he is already serving in this position, there is no confirmation hearing)
Secretary of Labor (Health, Education, Labor & Pension)
Hilda Solis (nomination stalled by anti-worker Republicans, Ed Hugler nominated as acting Secretary; Senate committee approves nomination for vote by full Senate; confirmed 2/24/09)
(Illustration courtesy of The Library of Congress)