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Trump Administration

The Trump Administration

The Cabinet

[Require Senate confirmation][Last update March 21, 2018]

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions

– U.S. senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017

Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue

– Former governor of Georgia, founder of AGrowStar grain and feed business

Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross

– Former head of WL Ross & Co. and of Rothschild’s bankruptcy-restructuring practice

Secretary of Defense: James N. Mattis

– Retired Marine general, former head of the United States Central Command

Secretary of Education: Betty DeVos

– Former chair of the Michigan Republican party and the Alliance for School Choice

Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry

– Former Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar

– Former Eli Lilly executive; deputy secretary of health and human services in the George W. Bush administration

Secretary of Homeland Security: Kirstjen Nielsen

– Former Bush administration official and chief of staff to then-Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson

– Pediatric neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential hopeful

Secretary of Interior: Ryan Zinke

– Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana from 2015 to 2017; previously served in the Montana state Senate

Secretary of Labor: Alexander Acosta

– Dean, Florida International University College of Law; former Justice Department official and National Labor Relations Board member 

Secretary of State: Vacant

– President Trump has nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas

Secretary of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao

– Former labor secretary, director of the Peace Corps, and deputy transportation secretary

Secretary of Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

– Former Goldman Sachs and OneWest bank executive, hedge fund manager, and finance chairman of the Trump campaign

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: David Shulkin

– Under secretary of veterans affairs for health, medical doctor, former chief executive of several private medical systems

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt

– State attorney general of Oklahoma and former Oklahoma state senator

Administrator, Small Business Administration: Linda McMahon

– Former president and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Mike Pompeo

– Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas from 2011 until 2017; if Pompeo is confirmed as secretary of state, President Trump intends to nominate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel, a career CIA officer, to succeed Pompeo as CIA director

Director of National Intelligence: Dan Coates

– Former U.S. senator from Indiana, serving on the Intelligence Committee, and former U.S. ambassador to Germany

Director, Office of Management and Budget: Mick Mulvaney

– Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, serving on the Financial Services and the Oversight and Government Reform committees

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Nikki Haley

– Governor of South Carolina

U.S. Trade Representative: Robert Lighthizer

– International trade lawyer, former deputy U.S. trade representative


Other Key Trump Administration Officials

(require Senate confirmation)

Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [HHS]: Seema Verma

– Medicaid reform advocate and former aide to then-Governor Mike Pence in Indiana

Administrator, Office of Information and REgulatory Affairs: Neomi Rao

– Attorney; founder, Center for the Study of the Administrative State, George Mason University School of Law

Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission: Jay Clayton

– Wall Street attorney; partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration [HHS]: Scott Gottlieb

– Physician and venture capitalist; former deputy FDA commissioner

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

– U.S. attorney for the district of Maryland

Deputy Secretary of Defense: Patrick Shanahan

– Senior vice president at Boeing

Deputy Secretary of State: John J. Sullivan

– Attorney; former deputy secretary of commerce

Deputy Secretary of Transportation: Jeffrey Rosen

– Attorney; former general counsel at Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget

Secretary of The Air Force: Heather Wilson

– President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico

U.S. Ambassador to Canada: Kelly Knight Craft

– Businesswoman and prominent Republican donor

U.S. Ambassador to China: Terry Branstad

– Governor of Iowa

U.S. Ambassador to Israel: David Friedman

– Trump attorney; partner, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman

U.S. Ambassador to Japan: William Hagerty

– Business executive; former Tennessee secretary for trade and commerce

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa: Scott Brown

– Former U.S. senator from Massachusetts

U.S. Ambassador to Russia: Jon Huntsman

– Former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China

U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom: Robert Wood Johnson IV

– Businessman and owner of the New York Jets professional football team


White House Staff

(do not require Senate confirmation)

Chief of Staff: John F. Kelly

– Secretary of Homeland Security; retired Marine general and former head of the United States Southern Command

Senior Adviser: Jared Kushner

– Real estate developer and husband of Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka

National Security Adviser: H.R. McMaster

– Army lieutenant general

Homeland Security Adviser: Thomas P. Bossert

- Former national security aide to President George W. Bush; fellow, Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Director of National Economic Council: Larry Kudlow

– Economist and former CNBC television commentator

Counselor: Kellyanne Conway

– Trump campaign manager

White House Counsel: Donald McGahn

– Former chief counsel to the Republican National Committee

Director of Trade and Industrial Policy: Peter Navarro

– Economist at the University of California-Irvine

Principal Deputy Press Secretary: Sarah Huckabee Sanders

– Republican political campaign strategist

Director of Strategic Communications: Vacant

Senior Advisor for Policy: Stephen Miller

– Trump campaign speechwriter