A Cabinet That Looks Like America

Like politics in general, U.S. presidential Cabinets have typically been dominated by white men.

But with Kamala Harris and 11 women nominees, seven of them women of color, President Joe Biden’s Cabinet will be, as he promised, “the single-most diverse … that’s ever existed.”

But does a diverse Cabinet matter for the U.S. public? Evidence points to yes.

Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health—a Historic First for Transgender People

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, Levine would be the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history.

Levine’s appointment sends a strong message that the administration intends to reverse course on what advocates say has been four years of war against LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration.

As Commerce Secretary, Gov. Gina Raimondo Has “a Vision for an Inclusive Recovery”

With Inauguration Day fast-approaching, President-Elect Joe Biden took the stage on Friday, Jan. 8 to appoint the final members of his Cabinet. Among them was commerce secretary nominee and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

“The mission of the commerce department is a very simple one: to help spur good paying jobs, to empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, to come together with working families and American businesses to create new opportunities for all of us. It’s a simple but vital mission. It’s the same mission that’s driven my own life and the path of my family across generations.”

Kristen Clarke to Join Justice Department: “We Will Turn the Page on Hate”

Kristen Clarke is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s nominee for assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.

In accepting her nomination, Clarke vowed to “turn the page on hate and closed the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws,” citing leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley as key influences.

Lisa Monaco Nominated as Deputy Attorney General: Promises “Justice Without Fear or Favor”

Lisa Monaco is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s deputy attorney general nominee.

“The soul of the Justice Department lives in the integrity of its career professionals, in the independence of its investigations and prosecutions and in the principles it brings to bear as it stewards the ideal of justice in America.”