Yesterday with the announcement of Bill Richardson to take Carlos Gutierrez’s spot as Commerce Secretary Barack Obama filled another spot in his cabinet. We’ve mentioned who is in. But who’s left? What positions are left that the President Elect has yet to fill?
Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Interior, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs.
Now all cabinet positions are nominations and they have to be approved by Congress in order for them to serve in the cabinet.
Considering President-Elect Obama has such high ambitions for getting the United States off of Middle
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Eastern oil the Energy Secretary will play a key role. It seems Dan Reicher has been getting some attention lately. This would be real change, seeing as how many see him as an environmentalist. He has pushed strongly for clean energy and has advised Obama before.
Obama also will need someone who has some respect and pull to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services. If he wants to pass health care reform and start building universal health care he is going to need someone he can trust and who is well known in Washington.
Former Senate Majority Leader
The rumors about are citing Tom Daschle as that person. Recent L.A. Times reports say he has already accepted the position.
Tom Vilsack, again and again and again has been mentioned as a possible nominee to head the Agriculture department. I won’t beat this dead horse anymore.
These seem to be the most pressing cabinet positions considering the President Elect’s positions and ambitions. We can only wait and see, and speculate, about who will be named next to the cabinet of President Obama.