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U.S. EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Cabinet

By The Issue Wonk

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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