President-elect Joe Biden is less than a month away from living in the White House and in control of the highest position in our nation the president’s office. His cabinet is starting to take shape.
When Biden is sworn into office on Jan. 20, he will bring along a diverse staff that will fill the Cabinet of the United States after confirmation by the United States Senate. Biden promised his cabinet will be the single most diverse cabinet, based on race, color and gender.
Among those who will serve in the Cabinet of the United States include Pete Buttigieg, a gay man who will work as Secretary of Transportation, Marcia Fudge, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus who will serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Department, and Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico’s 1st congressional district — a Native American woman who will hold the role of the Secretary of the Interior.
Buttigieg served as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 to 2020 before running to represent the Democratic Party in this past presidential election. He dropped out of the race in March before endorsing Biden. Buttigieg attended Harvard and Oxford and served in the United States Navy Reserve. In 2014, he was deployed to serve in Afghanistan.
Fudge has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008. In 2000, she became the first woman and first African American to become mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio — a position she held for eight years. Fudge also worked as chief of staff for U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones and worked to mobilize African American voters.
Haaland is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo people, a federally recognized tribe in west-central New Mexico, near Albuquerque. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1994, Haaland gave birth to her daughter. She started a salsa business to support herself and her daughter who she raised as a single mother. In 2012, she served as the state’s vote director for Native Americans during former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential reelection campaign. In 2018, Haaland defeated former New Mexico State Representative Janice Arnold-Jones to earn the position.
“This dedicated and distinguished group of public servants will bring the highest level of experience, compassion, and integrity to bear, solving problems and expanding possibilities for the American people in the face of steep challenges. The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road — where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans,” Biden said in a statement.
“This is the right team for this moment in history, and I know that each of these leaders will hit the ground running on day one to take on the interconnected crises families are facing today,” the statement reads.
Some other diverse nominees for the Cabinet of the United States include Janet Yellen, Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary who will be the first woman to lead the department, Lloyd Austin, a Black man and a four-star general who will serve as Defense Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas — Biden’s pick for Secretary of Homeland Security, the first Latino and the first immigrant to hold the position, Miguel Cardona (Connecticut top education official) for Secretary of Education and California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra nominated for Secretary of Health & Human Services.