DemDaily: The Cabinet Count and Contenders

November 24, 2020

(Roberto Schmidt/AFP)

President-Elect Joseph Biden has formally announced the first of his Cabinet nominees, with the rest of the top 15 positions expected in the next two weeks.

While the confirmation hearings before the new US Senate will not begin until after their swearing-in January 3, 2021, the new administration is anxious to put the team in place, particularly after the delays imposed by outgoing President Donald Trump, who has yet to concede the election.

The list of nominees for the Cabinet and Cabinet-level will change multiple times before our post-Thanksgiving update, but here is our first shot at the contenders!

Cedric Richmond: Leaving the US House for the White House

The Inner Circle: In addition to Ron Klain as Chief of Staff, other senior White House advisors include Biden Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon as Deputy Chief of Staff, and Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA), who was co-chair of Biden's presidential campaign, as Senior Adviser to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Mike Donilon, who served as the chief strategist for the Biden campaign, will serve as Senior Adviser to the president. Biden campaign chair and former VP Biden Chief of Staff Steve Ricchetti will serve as Counselor to the President, and Biden campaign general counsel Dana Remus, has been named Counsel to the President.

Inslee: Energy or EPA? (Ted Warren/AP)

Other Key Staff: Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez has been named Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Biden's traveling Chief of Staff Annie Tomasini will be Director of Oval Office Operations.

Campaign Vice Chair Cathy Russell will be Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and Carlos Elizondo has been named White House Social Secretary. Louisa Terrell will direct the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, along with Deputies Reema Dodin and Shuwanza Goff.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon will serve as Chief of Staff to Jill Biden and Anthony Bernal as the First Lady's Senior Advisor.

Sidenote: Last night the General Services Administration (GSA) finally "ascertained" that Joe Biden is the apparent winner of the presidential election, at last releasing the hold on critical transition funds and resources.

Despite the action, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows issued an internal memo that "Unless specifically authorized, EOP personnel are not permitted to speak directly with a member of the Biden transition team or the Federal Transition Coordinator."

DemList will keep you informed. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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Sources: Biden-Harris Transition, CNN, Vox, Forbes, Politico, New York Times

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