United States Cabinet

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Here are all of the cabinet officials during Ronald Reagan's presidency

The United States Cabinet (usually simplified as "the Cabinet") is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States, and its existence dates back to the first American President (George Washington), who appointed a Cabinet of four people (Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson; Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton; Secretary of War, Henry Knox; and Attorney General, Edmund Randolph) to advise and assist him in his duties.

Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and then presented to the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If approved, they are sworn in and begin their duties. Aside from the Attorney General, and previously, the Postmaster General, they all receive the title Secretary.

Current Cabinet[change | change source]

Department Office Incumbent Image in office since
Department of state.svg
Department of State
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg January 21, 2009
Department of the Treasury
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner Timothy Geithner official portrait.jpg January 26, 2009
United States Department of Defense Seal.svg
Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Leon Panetta, official DoD photo portrait, 2011.jpg July 1, 2011
Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric Holder Eric Holder official portrait.jpg February 2, 2009
Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Ken Salazar official DOI portrait crop.jpg January 20, 2009
Department of Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg January 20, 2009
Department of Commerce
Secretary of Commerce
Rebecca Blank Rebecca Blank official portrait.jpg June 11, 2012
Department of Labor
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Hilda Solis official DOL portrait.jpg February 24, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Kathleen Sebelius official portrait.jpg April 28, 2009
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan DonovanShaunLS.jpg January 26, 2009
Department of Transportation
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Ray LaHood official DOT portrait.jpg January 22, 2009
Department of Energy
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Steven Chu official DOE portrait crop.jpg January 20, 2009
Department of Education
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan DuncanArne.jpg January 20, 2009
Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki Eric Shinseki official Veterans Affairs portrait.jpg January 20, 2009
US Department of Homeland Security Seal.svg
Department of Homeland Security
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Janet Napolitano official portrait.jpg January 20, 2009

Cabinet-level administration offices[change | change source]

Seven positions have cabinet-level rank, which allows these individuals to attend Cabinet meetings without being secretaries of executive departments:

Department Office Incumbent Image in Office since
US Vice President Seal.svg
Office of the Vice President
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden Joe Biden official portrait crop.jpg January 20, 2009
Executive Office of the President
White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew Jacob Lew.jpg January 27, 2012
Office of Management and Budget
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients Jeffrey Zients official portrait.jpg January 27, 2012
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Ron Kirk official portrait.jpg March 18, 2009
Environmental Protection Agency logo.svg
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson Lisa P. Jackson official portrait.jpg January 22, 2009
Department of state.svg
United States Mission to the United Nations
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice Susan Rice, official State Dept photo portrait, 2009.jpg January 22, 2009
Council of Economic Advisers
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Austan Goolsbee Austan Goolsbee official portrait 2.jpg September 9, 2010

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