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US Cabinet Members

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

US Cabinet Members

The President of the United States is responsible for the smooth running of the country. However, the President alone does not carry out his duties. He has a set of people who work under him in different sectors such as agriculture, defense, education, labor, health, law and other departments. These people form the Cabinet and help the president in the discharge of his duties.


The existence of the Cabinet dates back to the times of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. He appointed a cabinet of four people who assisted him in carrying out his duties as the President of the United States. These four people included – Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State; Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury; Henry Knox, Secretary of War; and Edmund Randolph as the Attorney General.

How are members of US Cabinet Appointed?

  • The President nominates the Cabinet members.
  • They are then presented to the Senate either to be confirmed or rejected by a simple majority.
  • If the Senate approves the members, they are sworn in and start their duties in their respective fields.
  • The Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the President.
  • The President has the authority to reappoint them and even dismiss the cabinet members.

Role of the Cabinet members

The Cabinet of the United States includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments. These departments are: Agriculture, State, Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Energy, Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and Veterans Affairs. The Attorney General is also a part of the Cabinet. The Cabinet plays a vital role in the President’s administration and its role is to advise him on any subject relating to the duties of each member's respective office.

US DepartmentsOfficial PositionsDepartment Head
Vice President of the United StatesVice PresidentJoseph R. Biden
Department of StateSecretary of State Secretary John Kerry
Department of the TreasurySecretary of the Treasury Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew
Department of DefenseSecretary of Defense Ashton Baldwin "Ash" Carter
Department of JusticeAttorney General Loretta Elizabeth Lynch
Department of the InteriorSecretary of the Interior Sarah Margaret Roffey Jewell
Department of AgricultureSecretary of Agriculture Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack
Department of CommerceSecretary of Commerce Penny Sue Pritzker
Department of LaborSecretary of LaborThomas Edward Perez
Department of Health and Human ServicesSecretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentSecretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
Department of TransportationSecretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx
Department of EnergySecretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Department of EducationSecretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Veterans AffairsSecretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald
Department of Homeland SecuritySecretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson
Positions with Status of Cabinet-Rank:
Executive Office of the President White House Chief of StaffDenis McDonough
Environmental Protection AgencyAdministrator of Environmental Protection AgencyGina McCarthy
Office of Management & BudgetDeputy Director of Management & BudgetShaun L. S. Donovan
United States Trade RepresentativeAmbassador of United States Trade RepresentativeMichael B. Froman
United States Ambassador to the United NationsAmbassador of United States to the UNSamantha Power
Council of Economic AdvisersChairman of Council of Economic AdvisersJason Furman
Small Business AdministrationAdministrator Small Business AdministrationMaria Contreras-Sweet

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Last Updated on : May 28, 2016

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