Politics & Policy

Who Might Be in the Trump Cabinet?

Senator Jeff Sessions arrives at Trump Tower in New York, November 14, 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
A current list of who’s being considered for top jobs in the Trump administration

In the days immediately following President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory on Election Day, he named two of his closest allies to White House posts: Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff and former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist. On Friday, Trump announced that he offered the attorney-general position to Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, CIA director to Kansas representative Mike Pompeo, and national security adviser to former Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn. In the coming weeks, Trump and his presidential transition team must appoint the entire presidential cabinet.

Here’s a comprehensive (and somewhat speculative) list of who is being considered for top spots in the Trump administration, drawn primarily from Politico and the New York Times.


Agriculture Secretary


Attorney General


Central Intelligence Agency Director


Commerce Secretary


Defense Secretary


Education Secretary


Energy Secretary


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator


Health and Human Services Secretary


Homeland Security Secretary


Housing and Urban Development Secretary


Interior Secretary


Labor Secretary


National Security Adviser


Office of Management and Budget Director


Secretary of State


Trade Representative


Transportation Secretary


Treasury Secretary


United Nations Ambassador


Veteran Affairs Secretary

‐ Jeff Miller, House Veterans’ Affairs chairman

— Austin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original publication.

Austin Yack — Austin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute and a University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus.

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