Building the New Administration
...The Cabinet
In addition to the fourteen Cabinet departments, the President may designate other positions as being "Cabinet-level." 
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Secretary of State
Gen. Colin L. Powell, ret.
Powell, 63, has served as chairman of the non-profit  America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth since 1997.  He also has a career as a public speaker and serves on a number of boards.  Powell published a best-selling autobiography My American Journey in 1995.  His 35-year military career culminated in service as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993, during which time he oversaw the 1991 Persian Gulf War.  National Security Adviser to President Reagan from 1987-88. 
Hearings: Committee on Foreign Relations ...Jan. 17-18, 2001. >

Secretary of the Treasury
Paul H. O'Neill
O'Neill, 65, is outgoing chairman of  the board of Alcoa; he served as chairman and CEO of Alcoa from June 1987 to May 1999.  He is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation.  Prior to working at Alcoa, O'Neill  was president of International Paper Company, 1985-87.  From 1967 to 1977 he worked for the Office of Management and Budget; he was deputy director of the agency from 1974-77.
Hearings: Committee on Finance...Jan. 17, 2001.

Secretary of Agriculture
Ann Veneman
Veneman, 51, is a partner in the Sacramento law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox and Elliott, LLP.  She served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CFDA) from 1995-99.  From 1991-93 she was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the second-ranking person at USDA), and from 1989 to 1991 she was Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs.  She worked with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service from 1986-89.
Hearings: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry...Jan. 18, 2001. >

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mel Martinez
Martinez, 54, is chairman of the Orange County, Florida board of commissioners; he was elected to the position in 1998.  (The county seat is Orlando; Orange County has a population of 860,000).  Martinez is also chairman of Governor Jeb Bush's Growth Management Study Commission.  He co-chaired Governor George W. Bush's presidential campaign in Florida.  Before becoming chairman of Orange County, he practiced law in Orlando for 25 years.  Martinez fled Cuba in 1962 when he was 15 years old. 
Hearings: Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs...Jan. 17, 2001. >

Secretary of Commerce
Don Evans
Evans, 54, is chairman of Tom Brown, Inc., an oil and gas firm.  He is also chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas. He led the record-breaking Bush for President fundraising effort as the campaign's national finance chairman, and he was named chairman of the campaign in April 2000.  Evans has raised money for all of Bush's campaigns, starting with his unsuccessful 1978 run for Congress.  He is a close, longtime friend of President Elect Bush.
Hearings: Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation...Jan. 4, 2001.

12/22 Attorney General
Sen. John Ashcroft
Ashcroft, 58, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 1994, but defeated in his 2000 bid for re-election.  He explored a presidential run in 1998 before deciding against running in January 1999.  Ashcroft serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.  He ran unsuccessfully for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 1993.  Ashcroft  was elected governor of Missouri in 1984 and served two terms, 1985-93.  Elected attorney general of Missouri in 1976, he served two terms, 1977-85.  He served as assistant attorney general from 1975-76 and state auditor from 1973-75. 
Hearings: Committee on the Judiciary ...Jan. 16-19, 2001. >

Secretary of Defense
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld, 68, served as President Ford's  Secretary of Defense from November 1975 to January 1977.  In 1962 at age 30, he was elected to Congress.  After three terms, he joined the Nixon administration, serving as director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, as director of the Economic Stabilization Program and as U.S. Ambassador to NATO.  He chaired the Ford transition and served as Ford's chief of staff before becoming Defense Secretary.  From 1977-85 he served as president and CEO and eventually chairman of G.D. Searle & Co.  Rumsfeld later served as chairman and CEO of General Instrument Corporation.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Hearings: Committee on Armed Services ...Jan. 11, 2001.

Secretary of Health and Human Services
Gov. Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson, 59, was elected governor of Wisconsin in 1986 and re-elected in 1990, 1994, and 1998.  He is author of Power to the People: An American State at Work. Thompson was elected to the State Assembly in 1966, defeating a long-term incumbent, and elected assistant minority leader in 1973 and minority leader in 1981.  He practiced law while serving in the Assembly. 
Hearings: Committee on Finance...Jan. 18, 2001.  Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...Jan. 19, 2001.

Secretary of Education
Roderick Paige
Dr. Paige, 67, has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Houston Independent School District since he was appointed in 1994.  He was elected to the HISD Board of Education in 1989 and served as president in 1992.  [Houston has the seventh largest school system in the U.S.; in October 1999, Paige won the Council of the Great City Schools ' award as the top urban educator in America].  Paige earlier served as Dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University. 
Hearings: Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...Jan. 10, 2001.

Secretary of the Interior
Gale A. Norton
Norton, 46, served as the Attorney General of Colorado from 1991-99.  Previously she worked as Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior, responsible for endangered species and public lands issues.  Norton worked as Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 1984-85.  From 1979-83 she was a senior attorney for the Mountain States Legal Fund.  She is currently Senior Counsel at the Denver firm of Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, P.C.
Hearings: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...Jan. 18, 2001. >

Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Anthony J. Principi
Principi, 56, is president of QTC Medical Services, Inc.  He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to be the first Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 1989; Bush named him as Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Sept. 26, 1992.  Principi is a combat decorated Vietnam veteran; he served as Unit Commander of a River Patrol Unit in the Mekong Delta.
Hearings: Committee on Veterans' Affairs ...Jan. 18, 2001.
Secretary of Transportation
Norman Y. Mineta
Mineta, 69, a Democrat, has served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce since July 2000.  He was elected to the U.S. House from the Silicon Valley area in 1974 and served in Congress for 20 years, becoming Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation in 1993.  Mineta was elected to the City Council in San Jose, California in 1967 and was elected Mayor in 1971.
Hearings: Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation...Jan. 24, 2001.

Secretary of Energy
Sen. Spencer Abraham
Abraham, 48, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Michigan in 1994, but defeated in his 2000 bid for re-election.  In 1993, before running for Senate, he (like John Ashcroft) unsuccessfully sought the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.  Abraham served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle for two years.  From 1983-90 he was chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. 
Hearings: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...Jan. 18, 2001.

Secretary of Labor
Elaine L. Chao
Chao, 47, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.  She served as president and CEO of the United Way of America from 1992-96.  She was director of the Peace Corps.  During President George H.W. Bush's administration she was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation, 1989-91.  She served as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Administration after two years as deputy maritime administrator at DOT.  Before entering public service she was vice president of syndications at Bank America Capital Markets Group in San Francisco, 1984-86.  She is married to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Hearings: Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...Jan. 24, 2001.


Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Daniels, 51, is vice president of corporate strategy and policy at Eli Lilly and Company; he joined the company in 1990 and has served on its top management body since 1997.  In 1987 he was named president and CEO of the Hudson Institute.  Daniels served as an assistant to the president, and as liaison to state and local officials during President Reagan's second term.  He was executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 1983-84.  Daniels worked for Richard Lugar from 1971-82 when Lugar was mayor and then Senator.
Hearings: Committee on Governmental Affairs...Jan. 19, 2001.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman
Christine Todd Whitman, 54, was elected the 50th governor of New Jersey in 1993, defeating incumbent James Florio, and re-elected in 1997.  In 1992 she gained attention for her surprisingly strong showing against Sen. Bill Bradley.  She headed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Somerset County Board of Freeholders.
: Committee on Environment and Public Works...Jan. 16, 2001.

U.S. Trade Representative
Robert B. Zoellick
Zoellick, 47, is currently Research Scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and Int'l Affairs at Harvard University.  From 1993-97, he served as vice president of Fannie Mae.  In 1992 he served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff.  Earlier he served in the State Department as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs and Counselor to the Department (he was the lead State Department official in NAFTA and Uruguay Round negotiations).  During President Reagan's second term, he served in several positions at  the Treasury Department under James A. Baker III.
Hearings: Committee on Finance...Jan. 30, 2001.

Note: For the Clinton administration there were ten Cabinet-level positions: White House Chief of Staff, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Note. President-elect Bush named Linda Chavez as his choice for Secretary of Labor on 1/2/01 but she withdrew from consideration on 1/09/01 after a controversy arose over help she had provided an illegal immigrant. 
Linda Chavez
Chavez, 53, founded the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization, in 1995 and is its president.  She is the author of Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation.  Chavez  was staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1983-85, and White House Director of Public Liaison in 1985.  Previously she worked at the American Federation of Teachers in a number of positions, including editor of the quarterly American Educator from 1977-83.
Withdrew from consideration on Jan. 9, 2001.

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