Federal (USA)

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Executive Branch

President – Donald J. Trump

President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

First-Lady Jill Biden

Team for First Lady (Designated)

  • Chief of Staff for the First Lady – Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon

Vice President – Michael R. Pence

Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris

Note: Alex Padilla to complete remainder of Sen. Kamala Harris term in CA

Vice President Team (Designated)

  • Chief of Staff – Tina Flournoy
  • Domestic Policy Advisor – Rohini Kosoglu
  • National Security Advisor – Nancy McEldowney

Second-Gentleman Doug Emhoff

Team for Second Gentleman

White House Staff

White House Chief of Staff – Mark Meadows (Acting?)

Designated – Ron Klain

Deputy Chief of Staff Designated – Jen O’Malley Dillon

Additional White House Staff – Designated

  • Counselor to the President – Steve Ricchetti
  • Counsel to the President – Dana Remus
  • Senior Adviser to the President – Mike Donilon
  • Director of Public Engagement – Cedric Richmond
  • Director of Domestic Policy Council – Susan Rice
  • Director of Intergovernmental Affairs – Julie Chavez Rodriguez
  • Director of Legislative Affairs – Louisa Terrell
  • Director of White House Office of Presidential Personnel – Cathy Russell

White House Press Team (Designated)

  • Communications Director – Kate Bedingfield
  • Deputy White House Communications Director – Pili Tobar
  • Press Secretary – Jen Psaki
  • Principal Deputy Press Secretary – Karine Jean-Pierre
  • Communications Director for Vice President – Ashley Etienne
  • Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for Vice President – Symone Sanders
  • Communications Director for First Lady – Elizabeth Alexander

National Security related

Department of State (Secretary) – Michael R. Pompeo

Designated – Antony J. Blinken

Department of State (Deputy Secretary – Wendy Sherman (Designated)

Department of State (Under Secretary for Political Affairs – Victoria Nuland (Desig)

Department of Defense – Dr. Mark T. Esper, PhD

Designated – Gen. Lloyd Austin

Designated – Deputy Secretary of Defense – Dr. Kathleen Hicks

Designated – Under Secretary of Defense for Policy – Dr. Colin Kahl

Department of Homeland Security – Chad Wolf (Acting) – resigned

Note: FEMA Admin temporarily is head of DHS thru inauguration 2021

Designated – Alejandro Mayorkas

Director of National Intelligence – John Ratcliffe

Designated – Avril Haines

United States Mission to the United Nations – Kelly Craft (Acting?) – not Cabinet position

Designated – Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Special Envoy for Climate – John Kerry (not cabinet, but NSC)

National Security Advisor – Robert C. O’Brien (Acting)

Designated – Jake Sullivan

National Security Council

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Designated – Administrator for USAID (US Agency for Intl Dev) – Samantha Powers

Economy related

Department of the Treasury – Steven T. Mnuchin

Designated – Janet Yellen

Deputy Secretary of Treasury (Designated) – Wally Adeyemo

Office of Management and Budget – Russell Vought (I think)

Designated – Neera Tanden

White House Economic Team (Designated)

  • Cecilia Rouse (Chair of Council of Economic Advisors)
  • Jared Bernstein, MSW, PhD
  • Heather Boushey

Council of Economic Advisors

Economic Team

  • Brian Deese – Director of the National Economic Council

Climate Related

Department of the Interior – David L. Bernhardt

Designated – Deb Haaland

Department of Energy – Dan Brouillette

Designated – Jennifer Granholm (tentative pick)

Environmental Protection Agency – Andrew Wheeler

Designated – Michael Regan

Chair of the Council  on Environmental Quality – Brenda Mallory (Designated)

Council on Environmental Quality

Director of Domestic Climate Policy Coordination – Gina McCarthy

Deputy National Climate Advisor (Domestic Climate Policy Coord) – Ali Zaidi

Domestic related

Department of Agriculture – Sonny Perdue

Designated – Tom Vilsack

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD

Designated – Marcia Fudge

Department of Veterans Affairs – Robert Wilkie

Designated – Denis McDonough

Department of Transportation – Elaine L. Chao – resigned

Designated – Pete Buttigieg

United States Trade Representative – Robert E. Lighthizer

Designated – Katherine Tai

Designated – Director of Domestic Policy Council – Susan Rice

Department of Education – Devos resigned

Designated – Miguel Cardona

Department of Commerce – Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Designated – Gina Raimondo

Designated – Deputy Secretary of Commerce – Don Graves

Department of Labor – Eugene Scalia

Designated – Marty Walsh

Small Business Administration – Chris Pilkerton (Acting)

Designated – Isabel Guzman

Health related

Department of Health and Human Services – Alex M. Azar II – resigned

Designated – Xavier Becerra

Health Team (Designated)

  • Surgeon General – Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Dr. Rochelle Walensky
  • David Kessler – COVID-19 (Chief Advisor for vaccination delivery)
  • COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair – Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith
  • Chief Medical Advisor on COVID-19 to the President – Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • Coordinator of COVID-19 response and counselor to President – Jeff Zients
  • Deputy Coordinator of COVID-19 response – Natalie Quillian
  • Rick Bright – COVID-19
  • Atul Gawande – COVID-19
  • Luciana Borio – COVID-19
  • Dr. Francis Collins – National Institutes of Health Director

Justice Department Related

Department of Justice – Barr resigned

Designated – Merrick Garland

Department of Justice (Deputy Attorney General) – Jeffrey A. Rosen

Designated – Lisa Monaco

Department of Justice (Associate Attorney General)

Designated – Vanita Gupta

Department of Justice (Asst Attorney General for Civil Rights Division

Designated – Kristen Clarke

Science Related

Designated – Eric Lander (Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy) – cabinet

Designated – Francis Arnold (Co-Chair President Council of Advisors on Science and Tech)

Designated – Maria Zuber (Co-Chair President Council of Advisors on Science and Tech)

Designated – Alondra Nelson (Deputy Science Policy Chief)

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Office of Science and Technology Policy


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman – Ajit Pai

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Office of Inspector General (DOJ) – Michael E. Horowitz

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Inspector General of the Intelligence Community – Thomas A. Monheim – Acting

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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Gina C. Haspel

Designated -William J. Burns

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Christopher Wray

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Administrator of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Daniel K. Elwell (Acting)

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Administration on Food and Drugs (FDA) – Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD (Acting)

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Legislative Branch

Speaker of House – Nancy Pelosi

House Majority Leader – Steny Hoyer

House Majority Whip – James E. Clyburn

Assistant House Speaker – Ben Ray Lujan

Democratic Caucus Chairman – Hakeem Jeffries

House Minority Leader – Kevin McCarthy

House Minority Whip – Steve Scalise

Congressmember – Salud Carbajal (D-CA) – District 24

Senate Majority Leader – Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Whip – John Cornyn

Senate Minority Leader – Charles E. Schumer

Senate Minority Whip – Richard J. Durbin

Republican Conference Chairperson – Liz Cheney

Republican Policy Committee Chairman – Gary Palmer

Legislative Committees

House Judiciary Committee – Jerrold Nadler

House Ways and Means Committee

House Committee on Oversight and Reform

House Intelligence Committee – Adam Schiff

Senate Committee on Appropriations


Judicial Branch (Supreme Court)

John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States

Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice

Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice

Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice

Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice

Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice



Federal Reserve (US Central Bank) – Jerome H. Powell (Chairman)

Designated –