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According to the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2, the president “may require the Opinion in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject related to the duties of their respective Offices . . .”  [History]


In addition to the Cabinet members, there are individuals who have Cabinet-level rank.  This means that, while they are not members of the Cabinet, they are permitted to attend the Cabinet meetings.



Current members of the Cabinet are:


Joseph R. Biden [Bio

Vice President of the United States


Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton [Bio]

Department of State


Secretary Timothy F. Geithner [Bio]

Department of the Treasury


Secretary Leon E. Panetta [Bio]

Department of Defense


Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. [Bio]

Department of Justice


Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar [Bio]

Department of the Interior


Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack [Bio]

Department of Agriculture


Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank [Bio]

Department of Commerce


Secretary Hilda L. Solis [Bio]

Department of Labor


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [Bio]

Department of Health and Human Services


Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan [Bio]

Department of Housing and Urban Development


Secretary Ray LaHood [Bio]

Department of Transportation


Secretary Steven Chu [Bio]

Department of Energy


Secretary Arne Duncan [Bio]

Department of Education


Secretary Eric K. Shinseki [Bio]

Department of Veterans Affairs


Secretary Janet A. Napolitano [Bio]

Department of Homeland Security



Individuals with Cabinet-level rank are as follows:


Jack Lew [Bio]

White House Chief of Staff


Lisa P. Jackson [Bio]

Environmental Protection Agency


Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director [Bio]

Office of Management and Budget


Ambassador Ronald Kirk [Bio]

U.S. Trade Representative


Ambassador Susan Rice [Bio]

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations


Alan B. Krueger, Chair [Bio]

Council of Economic Advisers


Karen G. Mills, Administrator [Bio]

Small Business Administration


© The Issue Wonk, 2012



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