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NAFOA POLICY ALERT: Rundown of Trump's Cabinet Picks

January 11, 2017

President-Elect Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks
Requiring Senate Confirmation
The month of January will be filled with Senate committee hearings to approve President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks. Here's a summary of the nominees and their upcoming hearing schedules.
 
Housing
Ben Carson
Background:
Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival

Committee:
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Confirmation Hearing:
Week of Jan. 9
Attorney General
Jeff Sessions
Background:
Alabama Republican Congressman
 
Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Confirmation Hearings:
Jan. 10 and 11
 
State
Rex W. Tillerson
Background:
CEO of Exxon Mobil
 
Committee:
Senate Foreign Relations
Confirmation Hearing: 
Jan. 11
 
 
 
 
Homeland Security  
John F. Kelly
Background:
Retired Marine general, former U.S. Southern Command chief
 
 
 
Committee:
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Confirmation Hearing:
Jan. 11
 
 
 
Transportation
Elaine L. Chao
Background:
Former Labor Secretary under the George W. Bush administration,   deputy secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush,
member of Trump's Asian Pacific American Advisory Council for the campaign, married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
 
Committee:
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Confirmation Hearing:
Jan. 11
 
 
 
Education
Betsy DeVos
Background:
Billionaire, philanthropist, Republican megadonor
 
 
 
 
Committee:
Senate HELP
Confirmation Hearing:
Jan. 11
 

 

Commerce
Wilbur Ross

 
Background: 
Billionaire private-equity investor, founder of the private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC
 
Committee: 
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Confirmation Hearing: 
Jan. 12

 

Labor
Andrew F. host

Background: 
CEO of CKE Restaurants, which include the Carl's Jr.
fast-food chain
 
Committee: 
Senate HELP
Confirmation Hearing:
Week of Jan. 16
 

Interior
Ryan Zinke

 
Background: 
Montana Republican Congressman, former U.S. Navy SEAL commander
 
Committee: 
Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Confirmation Hearing:
TBD

 

U.S. Trade Representative
Robert Lighthizer
 
Background: 
Trade attorney, former deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan
 
Committee: 
Senate Finance 
Confirmation Hearing: 
TBD

 

 
Energy
Rick Perry
Background:
Former governor of Texas
 
 
Committee:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Confirmation Hearing:
TBD
 
 
 
Defense
James N. Mattis
Background: 
Retired U.S. Marine Corps general
 
 
Committee: 
Senate Armed Services
Confirmation Hearing: 
TBD

 

E.P.A.
Scott Pruitt
                                     
Background:
Oklahoma Attorney General
 
Committee:
Senate Environment and Public Works
Confirmation Hearing:
TBD

 

Treasury
Steven Mnuchin

Background: 
Former Goldman Sachs executive, Trump's national finance chair for the campaign
 
Committee: 
Senate Finance
Confirmation Hearing: 
TBD 

 

Health
Tom Price
Background: 
Georgia Republican Congressman, House Budget Chairman
 
Committee: 
Senate Finance
Confirmation Hearings: TBD, the HELP Committee is tentatively set to hold a confirmation hearing on Jan. 18.

 

Small Business
Linda McMahon

 

Background:
CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate for the state of Connecticut
 
Confirmation Hearing:
TBD

 

U.N. Ambassador
Nikki R. Haley

Background:
Governor of South Carolina
 
Committee:
Senate Foreign Relations
Confirmation Hearing:
TBD
C.I.A.
Mike Pompeo

Background: 
Kansas Republican Congressman
 
Confirmation Hearing: 
TBD
National Intelligence
Agriculture
Veterans
 
Appointed Cabinet Members Not Requiring Senate Confirmation
Homeland Security Adviser
Thomas R. Bossert
Background: 
Top national security aide to President George W. Bush.
 
Counselor
Kellyanne Conway
Background:
Trump's former campaign manager, confidante, and spokeswoman.
 
Trade Czar
Peter Navarro
Background:
Professor at the University of California, Irvine, who holds a doctorate from Harvard and is a credentialed economist.
Regulatory Czar
Carl Icahn
Background:
Billionaire investor and famed "corporate raider" who buys large stakes in companies and then forces policy changes to benefit shareholders.
Press Secretary
Sean Spicer
Background:
Longtime spokesman for the Republican National Committee and top aide to Reince Priebus, who is the incoming chief of staff.
 
White House Counsel
Donald F. McGahn II
Background:
Served as general counsel for the Trump campaign and was on the Federal Election Commission for five years.
 
National Secretary Adviser
Michael T. Flynn
Background:
Retired Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Chief of Staff
Reince Priebus
Background: 
Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Chief Strategist
Stephen K. Bannon
Background:
Right-wing media executive and the chairman of the president-elect's campaign. Many have denounced the move, warning that Bannon represents racist views.
 
New Leadership on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
 
On Thursday, January 5, 2017, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) were elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 115th Congress.
 
"I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and look forward to working with Vice Chairman Udall and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country. In our roles, we will address the issues of job creation, natural resource management, health care, education, public safety and housing in Indian communities," said Chairman Hoeven. "We will also make it a priority to promote economic growth. Jobs and economic growth are the priorities that will help Indian families, communities and businesses succeed."
 
Senator Hoeven replaces former committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator Udall replaces former committee Vice-Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT).