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Trump Administration

The Trump Administration

The Cabinet

[Require Senate confirmation][Last updated September 20, 2019]

Attorney General: Willam Barr

– Former general counsel for GTE and Verizon and attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration

Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue

– Governor of Georgia, founder of AGrowStar grain and feed business

Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross

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

Secretary of Defense: Mark Esper

– Former Raytheon executive and Congressional staff member

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos

– Chair of the Michigan Republican party and the Alliance for School Choice

Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry

– Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar

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

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security: Keven McAleenan

– Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson

– Pediatric neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential hopeful

Secretary of Interior: David Bernhardt

– Deputy secretary of interior, former Interior Department solicitor, and attorney

Acting Secretary of Labor: Patrick Pizzella

– Deputy secretary of labor and chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority 

Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo

– Former CIA director and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas

Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao

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

Secretary of Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

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

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie

– Former under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler

– Former coal industry lobbyist and deputy EPA administrator

Acting Administrator, Small Business Administration: Chris Pilkerton

– SBA general counsel and former JP Morgan Chase executive

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Gina Haspel

– Career CIA officer and former deputy CIA director

Acting Director of National Intelligence: Jospeh Maguire

– Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

Director, Office of Management and Budget: Mick Mulvaney

– Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina

U.S. Representative to the United Nations: Kelly Knight Craft

– U.S. ambassador to Canada

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

Acting Administrator, Office of Information and REgulatory Affairs: Paul Ray

– Deputy OIRA administrator and former counselor to Labor Secretary Andrew Acosta

Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission: Jay Clayton

– Wall Street attorney; partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration [HHS]: Norman Sharpless

– Director, National Cancer Institute

Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Kathy Kraninger

— Former Office of Management and Budget official

Deputy Attorney General: Jeffrey Rosen

– Deputy secretary of transportation

Deputy Secretary of Defense: David NORQUIST

– Under secretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer, Department of Defense

Deputy Secretary of State: John J. Sullivan

– Attorney; former deputy secretary of commerce

Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation and General Counsel: Stephen Bradbury

– Attorney; litigation partner at the law firm Dechert LLP

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: Vacant

U.S. Ambassador to China: Terry Branstad

– Governor of Iowa

U.S. Ambassador to The European Union: Gordan Sondland

– Hotel industry executive

U.S. Ambassador to Germany: Robert Grenell

– Public relations executive and former spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations

U.S. Ambassador to Israel: David Friedman

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

U.S. Ambassador to Japan: Vacant

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico: Christopher Landau

– Attorney; partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

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

– U.S. senator from Massachusetts

U.S. Ambassador to Russia: Jon Huntsman

– Governor of Utah, former 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)

Acting Chief of Staff: Mick Mulvaney

– Director, Office of Management and Budget, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina

Senior Adviser: Jared Kushner

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

National Security Adviser: Robert O’Brien

– Special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, State Department

Homeland Security Adviser: Douglas Fears

- Rear admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

Director of National Economic Council: Larry Kudlow

– Economist and former CNBC television commentator

Counselor: Kellyanne Conway

– Trump campaign manager

White House Counsel: Pat Cipollone

– Partner, Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner law firm

Director of Trade and Industrial Policy: Peter Navarro

– Economist at the University of California-Irvine

Press Secretary and Communications Director: Stephanie Grisham

– Press secretary to First Lady Melania Trump

Senior Advisor for Policy: Stephen Miller

– Trump campaign speechwriter