Human Rights Campaign on Biden’s Historic Cabinet

by HRC staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

Today, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a press conference alongside many of the members of their upcoming, potentially historic cabinet.

“With the historic nomination and appointments of key members to his cabinet, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are returning experienced and diverse leadership to the White House and our government. Together, these unquestionably qualified leaders will work to build back our economy and advance America’s moral leadership at home and abroad. From nominating Alejandro Mayorkas, who played a critical role in the development and implementation of DACA, as the first Latino and immigrant to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to Avril Haines and Janet Yellen as the first women to serve in their respective roles, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are assembling a team that will represent the best of America.

“We look forward to working with each and every one of these appointees and urge speedy approval in the United States Senate so the Biden-Harris administration can hit the ground running and address the many crises facing our nation.”

Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

The nominations and appointments include:

  • Antony Blinken to serve as Secretary of State;
  • Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Janet Yellen to serve as Secretary of Treasury;
  • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as United Nations Ambassador;
  • Former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and will sit on the National Security Council;
  • Avril Haines to serve as Director of National Intelligence; and
  • Jake Sullivan to serve as National Security Advisor.

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