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Trump Administration

The Trump Administration

The Cabinet

[Require Senate confirmation][Compiled February 3, 2017; updated November 15, 2017]

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions

– U.S. senator from Alabama since 1997 and a member of the Judiciary Committee

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 (Nominee): Alex Azar

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

Secretary of Homeland Security (Acting): Elaine Duke

– Deputy secretary of homeland security; business executive and former undersecretary of homeland security for management

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 since 2015; 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: Rex W. Tillerson

– President and chief executive, Exxon Mobil

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 since 2011, serving on the Intelligence and the Energy and Commerce committees

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 since 2011, 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: Gary Cohn

– Goldman Sachs executive

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: Hope Hicks

– Public relations executive, Trump Organization

Senior Advisor for Policy: Stephen Miller

– Trump campaign speechwriter

SPECIAL ADVISER ON REGULATORY REFORM: CARL ICAHN

– Corporate "raider" and investor; chairman of the board, Icahn Enterprises