DemDaily: The Confirmation Count!

May 3, 2017


Donald Trump's Cabinet is finally complete.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, confirmed last Thursday, is the last Cabinet Secretary to join the Vice President, White House Chief-of-Staff, 15 Cabinet and seven Cabinet-level appointees, that make up the President's closest formal advisors.

The Trump Cabinet is the most white and male of any first cabinet since Ronald Reagan (1981) -- with just six of the 24 women or nonwhite. They include Betsy Devos, Nikki Haley (only Indian American), Linda McMahon and Elaine Chao (only Asian American), Ben Carson (only African American) and Acosta (only Hispanic).

There are approximately 1200 government positions that require Senate confirmation. Of those, 556 are considered "key" appointments -- including the Cabinet, deputy and assistant secretaries, chief financial officers, general cousel and Ambassadors.

*Of the 1200 To-Date: Total Confirmed: 26 and Total Nominated and Awaiting Confirmation: 40.

While the numbers put Trump far behind the progress of the last four administrations at the 100-Day marker, Trump is quick to point to the successful confirmation of his most important nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

The Trump Cabinet
Hearings Completed Senate Confirmation
Vote Date
Senate Vote Total
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly January 10 January 20 88 in favor
11 against
Secretary of Defense James Mattis January 12 January 20 98 in favor
1 against (*Gillibrand)
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao January 11 January 31 93 in favor
6 against
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson January 11 February 1 56 in favor
43 against
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos January 17 February 7 50 in favor (+VP tiebreak)
50 against
Attorney General Jeff Sessions January 11 February 8 52 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price January 18 February 10 52 in favor
48 against
Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin January 19 February 13 53 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin February 1 February 13 100 in favor
0 against
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross January 18 February 27 72 in favor
27 against
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke January 17 March 1 68 in favor
31 against
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry January 19 March 2 62 in favor
37 against
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson January 12 March 2 58 in favor
41 against
CIA Director
Mike Pompeo January 12 January 23 66 in favor
32 against
U.N. Ambassador (Cabinet-Level) Nikki Haley January 18 January 24 96 in favor
4 against
Small Business Admin (Cabinet-Level) Linda McMahon January 24 February 14 81 in favor
19 against
Budget Director (Cabinet-Level) Mick Mulvaney January 24 February 16 51 in favor
49 against
Administrator of the EPA (Cabinet-Level) Scott Pruitt February 2 February 17 52 in favor
46 against
Directory of National Intelligence (Cabinet-Level) Dan Coats February 28 March 15 85 in favor
12 against
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue March 23 April 24 87 in favor
11 against
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta March 22 April 27 60 in favor
38 against
One Cabinet-level nominee awaits (anticipated) confirmation: Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative.

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Sources: Washington Post, *Partnership for Public Service, New York Times

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