Biden’s Cabinet and White House Picks: Who They Are and What We Know

Biden’s Cabinet and White House Picks: Who They Are and What We Know

18:21 - From West Wing to national security, president-elect has started making plans to fill his administration

President-elect Joe Biden has begun making plans to fill his administration, naming the people he plans to tap for senior White House positions and cabinet slots.

Here is how Mr. Biden plans to fill some of the top jobs:

West Wing:

Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff

Mr. Klain served in the 1980s on the Senate Judiciary Committee while Mr. Biden served as chairman and on Mr. Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1987. He was chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore and then held the same role when Mr. Biden was vice president. He also served as Ebola czar under President Obama. He has been taking a leave of absence from his role as executive vice president and general counsel at Revolution LLC, an investment firm. He taught a class at Harvard Law School during the campaign, and he launched and co-hosted a weekly podcast earlier this year.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff

Ms. O’Malley Dillon was Mr. Biden’s 2020 campaign manager. She is a top former Obama campaign aide and was campaign manager for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Democratic primary campaign.

Mike Donilon, Senior Advisor to the President

Mr. Donilon was a chief strategist on Mr. Biden’s 2020 campaign. Mr. Donilon’s ties to Mr. Biden goes back to 1981. He is a veteran of Mr. Biden’s presidential campaigns and served as counselor to then-Vice President Biden in the White House.

Steve Ricchetti, Counselor to the President

Mr. Ricchetti was Mr. Biden’s 2020 campaign chairman. He was in the lobbying business for a decade. His clients included pharmaceutical companies, the American Hospital Association and AT&T Inc. Before joining the vice president’s office as Mr. Biden’s chief of staff during President Obama’s second term, Mr. Ricchetti sold his stake in the lobbying firm he had co-founded with his brother in 2001.

Dana Remus, Counsel to the President

Ms. Remus served as a top lawyer in Mr. Biden’s campaign and was deputy White House counsel during the Obama administration.

National Security:

Antony Blinken, Secretary of State

Mr. Blinken served as staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while Mr. Biden served as a U.S. senator representing Delaware, and he worked on Mr. Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign. He had roles as deputy secretary of state during President Obama’s second term and as national security adviser to Mr. Biden while he served as vice president. Mr. Blinken opened a consulting firm in 2017 called WestExec Advisors. He served as Mr. Biden’s top foreign-policy adviser during his 2020 presidential campaign.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2013 to 2017. Before that she was U.S. ambassador to Liberia from 2008 to 2012 and held diplomatic posts in several other countries. She is currently on leave from the Albright Stonebridge Group, where she led the consulting firm’s Africa practice.

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser

Mr. Sullivan is a former national security adviser to Mr. Biden while he served as vice president. He was a senior policy adviser to Mr. Biden’s campaign and served in senior roles to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As director of policy planning at the State Department, he played a key role in negotiating with Iranian officials as the Obama administration sought to put together the Iran nuclear agreement.

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security

Mr. Mayorkas, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant whose family fled the Fidel Castro regime in 1960, served as the U.S. attorney for the central district of California under former President Bill Clinton. During Mr. Obama’s first term, Mr. Mayorkas received high marks from immigration advocates for leading the agency that administered the deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young immigrants living in the country without legal permission. He later served as deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

Avril Haines, director of national intelligence

Ms. Haines worked with Mr. Biden when he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the committee’s deputy legal counsel. A person familiar with her record said that as deputy national security adviser under Mr. Obama, she oversaw a process that led to an increase in U.S. refugee admissions to 110,000 in 2017 from 70,000 in 2015. President Trump has sharply scaled back those numbers. She also played a role in Obama administration policies intended to limit civilian casualties from drone strikes and other uses of U.S. force.

John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate change

Mr. Kerry served as secretary of state under Mr. Obama and previously as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. He was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004. His position will be on the White House National Security Council, the transition team said.

Economy:

Janet Yellen, secretary of the Treasury

Ms. Yellen was the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she would become the first person to have headed the Treasury, the central bank and the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She has also been president of the San Francisco Fed, a Fed governor and is professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

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