Obama Cabinet



Barack Obama Presidency


Obama Cabinet

President     Barack Obama     2009–present
Vice President     Joe Biden     2009–present

Secretary of State

  • Hillary Clinton     2009–2013
  • John Kerry     2013–present

Secretary of Treasury

  • Timothy Geithner     2009–2013
  • Jack Lew     2013–present

Secretary of Defense

  • Robert Gates*     2006–2011
  • Leon Panetta     2011–2013
  • Chuck Hagel     2013–present

Attorney General

  • Eric Holder     2009–present

Secretary of the Interior

  • Ken Salazar     2009–2013
  • Sally Jewell     2013–present

Secretary of Agriculture

  • Tom Vilsack     2009–present

Secretary of Commerce

  • Gary Locke     2009–2011
  • John Bryson     2011–2012
  • Rebecca Blank**     2012–present

Secretary of Labor

  • Hilda Solis     2009–2013
  • Seth Harris**     2013–present

Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Kathleen Sebelius     2009–present

Secretary of Education

  • Arne Duncan     2009–present

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Shaun Donovan     2009–present

Secretary of Transportation

  • Ray LaHood     2009–present

Secretary of Energy

  • Steven Chu     2009–2013
  • Daniel Poneman**     2013–present

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

  • Eric Shinseki     2009–present

Secretary of Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano     2009–present

Chief of Staff

  • Rahm Emanuel     2009–2010
  • William Daley     2011–2012
  • Jack Lew     2012–2013
  • Denis McDonough     2013–present

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Lisa Jackson     2009–2013
  • Bob Perciasepe**     2013–present

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

  • Peter Orszag     2009–2010
  • Jack Lew     2010–2012
  • Jeffrey Zients**     2012–2013
  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell     2013–present

Ambassador to the United Nations

  • Susan Rice     2009–present

United States Trade Representative

  • Ron Kirk     2009–2013
  • Demetrios Marantis**     2013–present

*Retained from previous administration
***Elevated to cabinet-level in January 2012

President Obama’s second term nominations:


The Administration

Official Cabinet Photo

President Obama at Cabinet meeting April 20, 2009 at the White House.
White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

The Cabinet

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

Official Cabinet Photo

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, July 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In order of succession to the Presidency:

Vice President of the United States
Joseph R. Biden

Department of State
Secretary John Kerry

Department of the Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew

Department of Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel

Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Department of the Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell

Department of Agriculture
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

Department of Commerce
Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank

Department of Labor
Acting Secretary Seth D. Harris

Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan

Department of Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood

Department of Energy
Acting Secretary Daniel Poneman

Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan

Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet A. Napolitano

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:

White House Chief of Staff
Denis McDonough

Environmental Protection Agency
Acting Administrator Robert Perciasepe

Office of Management & Budget
Director Sylvia Burwell

United States Trade Representative
Ambassador Demetrios Marantis

United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice

Council of Economic Advisers
Chairman Alan B. Krueger

Small Business Administration
Administrator Karen G. Mills

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