DemDaily: The Cabinet and Confirmation Count

January 24, 2017

Donald Trump may be sworn in as the President, but most of his Cabinet is still waiting in the wings -- as the first tier of the 1,200+ presidential or "political" appointees that require Senate confirmation.

The Cabinet includes the heads of 15 Executive Departments and six "Cabinet-level" positions, as well as the Vice President and White House Chief-of-Staff.

The Process

  • A Presidential Nomination is sent to the United States Senate for confirmation, where it is:
  • Submitted first for review by the Senate Committee relevant to the nominee's department, which:
  • Conducts public Confirmation Hearings on the nominee's credentials and policy positions.
  • If a majority of the committee approves, the nomination is "voted out" of Committee with a recommendation and sent to the full Senate for a "floor" vote.
  • Full Senate Vote: A simple majority of the vote is required to confirm. 

The Confirmation Count

Confirmed by the US Senate
Hearings CompletedDate of Confirmation VoteSenate Vote Tally
Secretary of Homeland SecurityJohn KellyJanuary 10Friday, January 2088 in favor
11 against
Secretary of DefenseJames MattisJanuary 12Friday, January 2098 in favor
1 against (*Gillibrand/NY)
CIA Director (non-cabinet)Mike PompeoJanuary 12Monday, January 2366 in favor
32 against
Approved by Senate Committee: Pending Full Senate Vote
PositionNomineeSenate Committee Hearings CompletedDate of Confirmation Vote
Secretary of StateRex TillersonForeign RelationsJanuary 11Monday, January 23
Secretary, Housing & Urban DevelopmentBen CarsonBanking, Housing, & Urban AffairsJanuary 12Tuesday, January 24
Secretary of TransportationElaine ChaoCommerce, Science, & TransportationJanuary 11Tuesday, January 24
Secretary of CommerceWilbur RossCommerce, Science, & TransportationJanuary 18Tuesday, January 24
U.N. Ambassador (non-cabinet)Nikki HaleyForeign RelationsJanuary 18Tuesday, January 24
Completed Committee Confirmation Hearings: Pending Committee Vote
PositionNomineeSenate Committee Hearings CompletedCommittee Vote Scheduled
Secretary of EducationBetsy DeVosHealth, Education, Labor, & PensionsJanuary 17Tuesday, January 31
Attorney GeneralJeff SessionsJudiciaryJanuary 10-11Tuesday, January 31
Secretary of the InteriorRyan ZinkeEnergy & Natural ResourcesJanuary 17Not yet scheduled
Secretary of EnergyRick PerryEnergy & Natural ResourcesJanuary 19Not yet scheduled
Secretary of the TreasurySteve MnuchinFinanceJanuary 19Not yet scheduled
Administrator of the EPA (non-cabinet)Scott PruittEnvironment and Public WorksJanuary 18Not yet scheduled

Nominees: Committee Hearings In Progress or awaiting Scheduling

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin
Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder

Small Business Administration Linda McMahon
Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney
Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats
U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer

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