SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

James N. Mattis - Retired Marine Gen.

CONFIRMED

James Mattis became the 26th Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2017.  Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis was confirmed by the Senate with a 98-1vote and that same day was sworn in by Vice President Pence.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL

Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama

CONFIRMED

Jeff Sessions is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alabama. Sessions was first elected to the Senate in 1996. On November 2016 Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated by then President-Elect Trump to become United States Attorney General.

 

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SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

Wilbur Ross Jr.

NOMINATED

Wilbur Ross Jr. served as an economic policy adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. Ross, 78, was appointed in November 2016, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ross will replace billionaire Penny Pritzker.

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SECRETARY OF LABOR

Alexander Acosta

NOMINATED

Is an American attorney and dean of the Florida International University College of Law. A Republican, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida. On February 16, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to be Secretary of Labor

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SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Representative Tom Price from Georgia

CONFIRMED

Tom Price is a Republican member of the the U.S. House of Representatives.  Price represents  Georgia's 6th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.  Price was chosen by President Donald Trump as his choice for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services on November  2016.

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SECRETARY OF STATE

Rex Tillerson - Exxon CEO

CONFIRMED

Rex Wayne Tillerson is an American businessman. He was the chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, one of the world's largest and most successful companies.   Rex Tillerson is President Trump’s pick for Secretary of State.

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SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

Betsy DeVos

CONFIRMED

Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist. Betsy DeVos is President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education. Betsy DeVos’ hearing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00 am.

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SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Gen. John F. Kelly
John Kelly

CONFIRMED

Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who ran the United States Southern Command, which put him in charge of the military jail at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and exposed him to immigration, drug trafficking and other cross-border problems over a sprawling area that encompasses 32 countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. He is known for his tough border security policies and dealing with terrorism. The final vote was 88-11.

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CIA DIRECTOR

Mike Pompeo

CONFIRMED

Pompeo is a former congressman from Kansas and was a prominent member of the Tea Party in Congress. During his confirmation hearing, Pompeo vowed that he would defy Trump if ordered to direct the agency to resume brutal interrogation measures on terrorism suspects. He is known for his controversial political views, but has tried to reassure CIA officials and members of Congress that he is prepared to put aside that partisan persona in order to lead the CIA. The final vote was 66-32.

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U.N. AMBASSADOR

NIKKI HALEY

CONFIRMED

Haley is the Governor of South Carolina (2011-2017). During her confirmation hearing, she spoke about disagreements she has with President Donald Trump on policy matters. She has expressed skepticism about Russia and support for NATO. She also rejected the idea of a Muslim registry or ban. She earned lots of support from Democrats at her confirmation hearing with a final vote of 96 to 4.

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SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Ben Carson

NOMINATED

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate for the 2016 election. He is known for his extreme religious views, conservative political views, skepticism of climate change, and his lack of political and diplomatic experience. The Senate Banking Committee approved his nomination on January 24th.

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SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION

Elanie Chao

CONFIRMED

Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She was labor secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. She is expected to play a major role in Trump’s effort to fulfill his campaign promise to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure investment.

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SECRETARY OF ENERGY

Rick Perry

NOMINATED

Perry is the former governor of Texas and a former candidate for the presidency in the 2016 election. He is known for his skepticism of climate change science and suggesting he would abolish the Energy Department if he were president. During Perry's record 14-year tenure as governor, Texas maintained its traditional role as a top driller for oil and natural gas, while also emerging as the leading producer of wind power in the United States and a top 10 provider of solar power.

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SECRETARY OF INTERIOR

Ryan Zinke

NOMINATED

Zinke is a Republican congressman from Montana. He is a former Navy SEAL commander. He briefly considered running for the House Speaker in his first year on the hill. During his confirmation hearing, Zinke emphasized the incoming Trump administration’s vow to recommit America to fossil fuels development while disregarding renewables and the need to act on climate change.

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SECRETARY OF TREASURY

Steve Mnuchin

CONFIRMED

Mnuchin is a former partner at Goldman Sachs. He failed to disclose $95 million of real estate assets on his initial committee ethics questionnaire, as well as the fact that his is the director of Dune Capital International, an investment fund in the Cayman Islands. His business bought failing bank IndyMac and turned it into OneWest, which became known for “Foreclosure Machine.”

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EPA Administrator

Scott Pruitt

NOMINATED

Pruitt is the Attorney General of Oklahoma. He is known for having sued the EPA and fighting against its regulatory power. He is also a well known climate change skeptic. Pruitt is an active member of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which has received $175,000 from the Koch brothers. His close ties to the fossil fuel industry have created concerns among many Senators.

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