The United States of America is set to welcome Joe Biden as its president come January 20. With the coming of Biden, the country is also set to be the most racially diverse presidential cabinet in the history of the US.
According to CNN, 50% of nominees for cabinet positions and cabinet-level positions are people of colour.
That figure includes Vice President-elect Kamala Harris who will be the first Black and South Asian person and first woman to hold the position.
Some of these picks will make history if confirmed. For example, if confirmed, Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin will be the first African American secretary of defense. Also, if confirmed, Alejandro Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and Latino to hold the position.
Avril Haines will also be the first woman to head national intelligence while Janet Yellen will also the first woman to run the Treasury Department if confirmed.
On her part, Cecilia Rouse Cecilia Rouse, if confirmed would be the first African American to chair the CEA while Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative will be the first woman of colour to hold this position.
Here is a look at the list of all his cabinet picks:
- White House Chief of Staff: Ron Klain
- CIA Director: William Burns
- Treasury Secretary: Janet Yellen
- Attorney General: Merrick Garland
- Secretary of Defense: Lloyd Austin
- Secretary of State: Antony Blinken
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator: Michael S. Regan
- Special Presidential Envoy for Climate: John Kerry
- White House Climate Czar: Gina McCarthy
- Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland
- Labor Secretary: Marty Walsh
- Commerce Secretary: Gina Raimondo
- Secretary of Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough
- Secretary of Transportation: Pete Buttigieg
- Secretary of Energy: Jennifer Granholm
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield
- Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines
- National Security Adviser: Jake Sullivan
- Office of Management and Budget Director: Neera Tanden
- White House Press Secretary: Jennifer Psaki
- Top White House Economic Adviser: Brian Deese
- U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai
- Surgeon General: Vivek Murthy
- Health and Human Services Secretary: Xavier Becerra
- White House Domestic Policy Council Director: Susan Rice
- Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
- Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Marcia Fudge
- Education Department Secretary: Miguel Cardona
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director: Rochelle Walensky
- Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President: Jeff Zients
- Chief Science Officer for COVID-19 Response: David Kessler
- Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19: Dr. Anthony Fauci
- Deputy Chief of Staff: Bruce Reed