A Running List of Biden’s Cabinet Members and Close Advisers

President-elect Biden's cabinet picks

Meet your newest class of leaders within the Biden administration

With the electoral college officially confirming Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, we’ve made a comprehensive, running list of his growing cabinet class. Biden has vowed to nominate a mix of diverse officials, a collection of progressives, and has already favored experienced Capitol Hill veterans and confidants in an effort to replicate policies from the Obama administration.

Biden made strides in tapping Janet Yellen as the first female Treasury secretary, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III to be the first Black secretary of defense, Cuban immigrant Alejandro N. Mayorkas to run the Department of Homeland Security, and Xavier Becerra, the son of Mexican immigrants to serve as the secretary of health and human services.

Representative Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio was chosen to head the Housing and Urban Development Department, after lobbying for Secretary of Agriculture. Instead, the job was given to Tom Vilsack, who served as USDA secretary during the Obama years. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was tapped as Secretary of Transportation, the first openly LGBTQ cabinet member. Watch our IG Live chat with Katie and Pete, where Katie had a wide-ranging conversation with Pete on politics and the future of the Democratic party.

As President-elect Joe Biden names more of his coterie of close advisers and friends to his cabinet, we’ll update the list accordingly.  

Nominees designated with a * need confirmation from the Senate. 

Vice President: Kamala Harris 

Chief of Staff: Ron Klain

Deputy Chief of Staff: Jen O’Malley Dillon

Counselor to the President: Steve Ricchetti

Counselor to the President: Jeff Zients

*Director, Office of Management and Budget: Neera Tanden 

Chief Medical Adviser: Anthony Fauci

Director, National Economic Council: Brian Deese

Director, Domestic Policy Council: Susan Rice

Director, Office of Public Engagement: Cedric Richmond

Senior Adviser to the President: Mike Donilon

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate: John Kerry

Director, Office of Legislative Affairs: Louisa Terrell

Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: Julie Chávez Rodriguez

Director, White House Office of Presidential Personnel: Cathy Russell

Counsel to the President: Dana Remus

Communications Director: Kate Bedingfield

Press Secretary: Jen Psaki

Chief of Staff for the Vice President: Tina Flournoy

Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President: Symone Sanders

Chief of Staff for the First Lady: Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon

*Secretary of the Treasury: Janet Yellen 

*Chairperson, Council of Economic Advisers: Cecilia Rouse 

*U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai 

*Secretary of Commerce: Gina Raimondo

*Chief of Small Business Administration: Isabel Guzman

*Secretary of State: Antony Blinken

*Secretary of Defense: Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin 

*Secretary of Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas 

*Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines 

*Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield 

*CIA Director: William Burns 

*Secretary of Health and Human Services: Xavier Becerra 

*Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge 

*Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack 

*Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough 

*Attorney General: Lisa Monaco

*Secretary of Labor: Marty Walsh

*Secretary of Transportation: Pete Buttigieg

*Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: Michael Regan

*Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland

*Secretary of Energy: Jennifer Granholm

*Secretary of Education: Miguel Cardona

*Deputy Secretary of the Treasury: Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo 

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Dr. Rochelle Walensky 

*Surgeon General: Dr. Vivek Murthy 

Member, Council of Economic Advisers: Jared Bernstein 

Member, Council of Economic Advisers: Heather Boushey