cabinet picks
October 22, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reportedly has an "interest" in becoming Joe Biden's Labor secretary, were the Democrat to be elected president, Politico reports. Though Sanders shook off the suggestion when asked about it on Wednesday, "one person close to the Vermont senator" reportedly told Politico that "I can confirm he's trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it. He, personally, does have an interest in it."

On Thursday, Sanders said he was planning to announce his own 100 day agenda, claiming that the rival proposal will "speak to the need to begin the process of moving toward Medicare For All," as well as raising the minimum wage, instituting a "massive infrastructure program," and making it easier for workers to join unions. Sanders then asked rhetorically if he would additionally back future primary challenges against elected Democrats who don't move toward more progressive policies, answering his own question by saying, "you're d--n right I am."

Biden's team has reportedly been considering Republicans for some cabinet positions. Nevertheless, former Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Politico, "It would be great to have a unity government that takes into account that progressives are a pretty healthy portion of the electorate." Jeva Lange

April 4, 2019

President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday night that he will nominate U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza to replace Linda McMahon as leader of the Small Business Administration.

"Jovita was a great Treasurer of the United States — and I look forward to her joining my Cabinet!" he tweeted. The Small Business Administration was created in 1953, and says its purpose is to "aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation." Carranza served as deputy administrator for the SBA during the George W. Bush administration.

McMahon, a longtime professional wrestling executive, is stepping down from her role in order to become chair of the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action, three people familiar with the matter told Politico. In his tweet, Trump said McMahon has done "an outstanding job." Catherine Garcia

January 18, 2017

Sonny Perdue, the Republican former governor of Georgia, has been chosen to lead the Agriculture Department, Trump transition officials told Politico Wednesday. Agriculture secretary was the last vacant nomination in President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet.

A formal announcement is expected to be made on Thursday. Perdue was one of the first members of Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee, launched in August. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1971, and was a captain in the Air Force. Since 1977, he has owned several agribusiness and transportation companies, and in 2011, launched Perdue Partners, which facilitates the exports of U.S. goods and services. Catherine Garcia

December 13, 2016

The Republican former governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has been chosen by Donald Trump to be energy secretary, people involved with the selection process told CBS News Monday.

In recent weeks, Perry attended several meetings with Trump, including one Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Perry sits on two corporate boards, including Energy Transfer Partners, whose subsidiary is trying to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ray Washburne, a former finance chair of the Republican National Committee and a major Trump fundraiser, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) were also contenders for the position.

Perry is a surprising choice, considering he forgot, while running for president in 2011, that the Department of Energy was one of the three agencies he'd eliminate. During a Republican debate, Perry was able to remember he wanted to get rid of the Commerce and Education departments, but stumbled over his third choice, eventually muttering "oops" and moving on. Later, he updated the crowd that he finally recalled "it was the Department of Energy that I was reaching for before." Catherine Garcia

December 12, 2016

Rick Perry, the Republican former governor of Texas who, while running for president in 2011, famously forgot that the Energy Department was one of the government agencies he wanted to get rid of, is said to be Donald Trump's top candidate to lead the department.

People close to the selection process told Bloomberg News there are three other people still under consideration — Ray Washburne, a former Republican National Committee chairman and vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee, and Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Perry is a board member of the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and had his second meeting with Trump on Saturday during the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore.

The Energy Department is responsible for the country's policies on energy and safety in handling nuclear material, energy conservation, research on energy, and domestic energy production. Under President Obama, the Energy Department has been run by two scientists — current head Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist who once headed an energy initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Steven Chu, the Nobel laureate who was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology and directed the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Perry recently finished a stint on Dancing With the Stars, in which he came in 12th place. Catherine Garcia

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