The Cabinet

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

In order of succession to the Presidency:

Department of State
Secretary of State: Hillary R. Clinton
www.state.gov

Department of the Treasury
Secretary: Timothy F. Geithner
www.treasury.gov

Department of Defense
Secretary: Robert M. Gates
www.defenselink.mil

Department of Justice
Attorney General: Eric H. Holder, Jr.
www.usdoj.gov

Department of the Interior
Secretary: Ken L. Salazar
www.doi.gov

Department of Agriculture
Secretary: Thomas J. Vilsack
www.usda.gov

Department of Commerce
www.commerce.gov

Department of Labor
Secretary-designate: Hilda L. Solis
www.dol.gov

Department of Health and Human Services
Coming Soon!
www.hhs.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary: Shaun L.S. Donovan
www.hud.gov

Department of Transportation
Secretary: Raymond L. LaHood
www.dot.gov

Department of Energy
Secretary: Steven Chu
www.energy.gov

Department of Education
Secretary: Arne Duncan
www.ed.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary: Eric K. Shinseki
www.va.gov

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary: Janet Napolitano
www.dhs.gov
Council of Economic Advisors
Chair Christina Romer

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
http://www.epa.gov

Office of Management & Budget
Director Peter R. Orszag
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb

United States Trade Representative
Ambassador-designate: Ronald Kirk
http://www.ustr.gov
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice

White House Chief of Staff
Rahm I. Emanuel

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