The President’s Cabinet
The United States Cabinet (usually referred to as the President’s Cabinet or simplified as the Cabinet) is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States. Its existence dates back to the first American President, George Washington, who appointed a Cabinet of four people (Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton; Secretary of War Henry Knox; and Attorney General Edmund Randolph) to advise and assist him in his duties. Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and then presented to the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If approved, they are sworn in and begin their duties. Aside from the Attorney General, and previously, the Postmaster General, they all receive the title Secretary. Members of the Cabinet serve at the request of the President.
We encourage you to pray for these leaders by name.
The President And His Cabinet
The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in the United States by influence and recognition. The President leads the executive branch of the federal government and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers (the other being the Vice President of the United States).
Among other powers and responsibilities, Article II of the U.S. Constitution charges the President to “faithfully execute” federal law, makes the President commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces, allows the President to nominate executive and judicial officers with the advice and consent of the Senate, and allows the President to grant pardons and reprieves.
The President is indirectly elected by the people through the Electoral College to a four-year term. Since 1951, presidents have been limited to two terms by the Twenty-second Amendment. Forty-three individuals have been elected or succeeded to the office, serving a total of fifty-six four-year terms. On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the forty-fourth, and current, president.
In order of succession to the Presidency:
Vice President – Joseph R. Biden
Speaker of the House of Representatives – Paul D. Ryan
President Pro Tempore of the Senate – Orrin G. Hatch
Secretary of State – John Kerry
Secretary of the Treasury – Jack Lew
Secretary of Defense – Ashton Carter
Attorney General – Loretta E. Lynch
Secretary of the Interior – Sally Jewell
Secretary of Agriculture – Thomas J. Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce – Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Labor – Thomas E. Perez
Secretary of Health & Human Services – Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development – Julian Castro
Secretary of Transportation – Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Energy – Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Education – John King
Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Robert McDonald
Secretary of Homeland Security – Jeh Johnson
Council of Economic Advisers – Jason Furman
EPA – Gina McCarthy
OMB – Shaun L.S. Donovan
US Trade Rep – Michael Froman
US Ambassador to UN – Samantha Power
Chief of Staff – Denis McDonough
Small Business Administration – Maria Contreras-Sweet