Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sizing up Obama's Team (thus far...)

Here is the run-down of the Obama Team thus far (Updated: Sunday, December 21st, 2008):

Chief of Staff - Rahm Emanuel.
Attorney General - Eric Holder.
White House National Economic Council - Lawrence Summers (Congressional confirmation not needed)
Secretary of Treasury - Timothy Geithner, president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
National Security Advisor - Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones.
Secratary of State - Hillary Rodham Clinton (Senate seat filled by NY Gov. David Paterson - Dem. - is Caroline Kennedy a real possibility?).
Secretary of Defense - Bob Gates (since November 2006).
Secretary of Commerce - Bill Richardson (Seat filled by Dem. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish).
Head of Homeland Security (God I hate the name of that department) - Janet Napolitano (Seat filled by AZ Sec. of State Janice K. "Jan" Brewer - Rep. - a right wing nut job. As the Arizona State Constitution does not make provision for the position of Lieutenant Governor, Brewer is first in line to succeed Gov. Janet Napolitano - Dem.).
Office of Management & Budget Director - Peter Orszag, director of Congressional Budget Office.
United Nations Ambassador - Susan Rice, former assistant secretary of state.
Secretary of Veterans' Affairs - General Eric Shinseki.
Secretary of Energy - Steven Chu.
Secretary of Health and Human Services - Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader.
White House Council on Environmental Quality - Nancy Sutley, the deputy mayor for energy and environment in Los Angeles and the mayor's representative on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is the first prominent gay to earn a senior role in Obama's new administration.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Shaun Donovam, housing commissioner for New York City.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator - Lisa Jackson.
White House Coordinator of Energy and Climate Policy - Carol Browner, former EPA Administrator in the Clinton administration.
White House Press Secretary - Robert Gibbs.
Secretary of Education - Arne Duncan, chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools.
Secretary of Agriculture - Tom Vilsack, former Democratic Governor of Iowa.
Secretary of the Interior - Ken Salazar, Senator (D - CO), Salazar's replacement to be named by Colorado Democratic Governor, Bill Ritter.
Secretary of Labor - Rep. Hilda Solis (D - CA).
Secretary of Transportation - Rep. Ray LaHood (R - IL).
U.S. Trade Representative - Ron Kirk, former mayor of Dallas, TX.

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