Ten Former State Officials in President Trump's Cabinet

As President Trump’s Cabinet nominees continue to move through the confirmation process it is encouraging to see ten former state officials among them.  

As President Trump’s Cabinet nominees continue to move through the confirmation process it is encouraging to see ten former state officials among them.  There are 16 official members of the Cabinet, the Vice President and Department secretaries.  Additionally, there are eight officials that while not part of the Cabinet are granted cabinet rank, these include offices such as the ambassador to the United Nations, administrator of the Small Business Administration and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  The most important difference is that only official members of the Cabinet, along with the Speaker of the House and President pro tempore of the Senate, are in the presidential line of succession. 

Among the nominees and confirmed officials are:

Former Governors:

Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana

Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Perdue, Georgia (pending confirmation)

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Texas (pending confirmation)

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, South Carolina

 

Former State Legislators:

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (pending confirmation), Montana Senate

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, Georgia Senate

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, Georgia House and Senate

 

Former State Attorneys General:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Alabama

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma (pending confirmation)

 

Former State Board of Education:

Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, Connecticut (pending confirmation)

 

And an honorable mention for White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus who, while unsuccessful, ran for the Wisconsin State Senate prior to chair of the state and then national Republican Party.

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