Who Will Be In Donald Trump's Cabinet

Running List of Picks to Serve in the Trump Administration

Donald Trump on The Apprentice
Donald Trump is pictured here on the set of the hit show The Apprentice, on which he hired and fired people. At left is son Donald Trump Jr., and at right is daughter Ivanka Trump. Mathew Imaging / Getty Images Contributor

Donald Trump's Cabinet began to take shape within days of his election in 2016. Trump made several key picks for his Cabinet and, just as importantly, ruled several top Republicans out. Others whose names surfaced as potential members of Trump's Cabinet distanced themselves from consideration. 

The assembly of a Cabinet is one of the first and most important jobs of a president. Members of the president's Cabinet, whose function is to advise the commander-in-chief on matters of highest importance, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.


One of the most controversial choices Trump made was that of Steve Bannon, whose Breitbart news website serves as “the platform for the alt-right,” a movement whose goals include the preservation of white culture in the United States. Trump named Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor and said he would operate on the same level as his chief of staff, a position that carries Cabinet-level rank.

Trump's Cabinet will include the vice president, Mike Pence, and the heads of these 15 executive departments:

  • Department of Agriculture: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack.
  • Department of Commerce: Wilbur Russ, a wealthy investor often described as the “king of bankruptcy” for buying, restructuring and selling off industrial companies in decline, according to The New York Times. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Penny Pritzker.
  • Department of Defense: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for the post. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Ashton Carter.
  • Department of Education: Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor, former Michigan GOP chairwoman and staunch advocate for school choice. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary John King.
  • Department of Energy: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Department of Interior: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Sally Jewell.
  • Department of Justice: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama who previously served as a federal prosecutor and state attorney general, is Trump's choice for U.S. attorney general, the top position in the Justice department. Trump's pick would succeed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
  • Department of Labor: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Thomas E. Perez.
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for the post. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
  • Department of Homeland Security: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering Giuliani for this post. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Jeh Johnson.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the post. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and rising star in the Democratic Party.
  • Department of State: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering former Massachusetts Gov. and failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary John Kerry.
  • Department of Transportation: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Anthony Foxx.
  • Department of Treasury: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering Steven Mnuchin, a banker, Hollywood producer and finance chairman of his presidential campaign. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Jack Lew.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Secretary Robert McDonald.

In addition, seven other individuals have cabinet rank.

Those seven others with cabinet rank are the:

  • White House chief of staff: Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Denis McDonough served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.
  • Environmental Protection Agency administrator: Undetermined. Trump is said to be considering climate-change skeptic Myron Ebell. Trump's pick would succeed Administrator Gina McCarthy.
  • Office of Management & Budget director: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Director Shaun L.S. Donovan.
  • U.S. Trade Representative ambassador: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Ambassador Michael Froman.
  • U.S. Mission to the United Nations ambassador: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley would succeed Ambassador Samantha Power.
  • Council of Economic Advisers chairman: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Chairman Jason Furman.
  • Small Business Administration administrator: Undetermined. Trump's pick would succeed Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.
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