You’re Hired! A Master List Of Trump Appointees

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It’s the biggest parlor game in DC when a new President comes to town: Who will occupy the top spots in the new administration?

While resumes are polished, back channels opened and the public and private preening begins, dubious lists appear of prospective, rumored, and wannabe appointees, some lists more reliably informed than others.

TPM will maintain a master list of all of the reported possible picks for the top slots–far-fetched or not–crossing them off as they are eliminated from consideration.

It will be an evolving list so check back as Trump builds out a new administration from scratch.

Click on a link below to go directly to that position:

Secretary of State | Secretary of Treasury | Secretary of Defense | Attorney General | Secretary of the Interior | Secretary of Agriculture | Secretary of Commerce | Secretary of Labor | Secretary of Health and Human Services | Secretary of Housing and Urban Development | Secretary of Transportation | Secretary of Energy | Secretary of Education | Secretary of Veterans Affairs | Secretary of Homeland Security | Chief of Staff | Chief Strategist | White House Counsel | Communications Director | White House Political Director | Press Secretary | RNC Chair | Director of Office of Management and Budget | EPA Administrator | US Trade Representative | UN Ambassador | CIA Director | Director of National Intelligence | National Security Adviser | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services | Secretary of the Army | U.S. Ambassador to Israel | U.S. Ambassador to China

Secretary of State:

Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil chief executive, was finally selected as Trump’s Secretary of State, amid concerns of his business ties to Russia.

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican nominee who criticized the president-elect in the midst of his run

John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN

Rudy Giuliani has been named a leading candidate, along with Bolton, according to reports from Wall Street Journal

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has expressed interest in the role

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Zalmay Khalilzad, former US ambassador to Afghanistan

Stanley A. McChrystal, former senior military commander in Afghanistan

David Patraeus, former CIA director, who resigned amid scandal over classified material

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, announced he will not serve on a Trump cabinet in any official role, but will focus on “strategic planning.”

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Treasury Secretary:

Steve Mnunchin, Goldman banker and Trump finance chair was selected for the position

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services committee

Businessman Carl Icahn

Thomas Barrack Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, though he said he would not be interested

Secretary of Defense:

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was selected to serve as Defense Secretary

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs under the George W. Bush Administration

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO)

Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who just lost her Senate seat to New Hampshire’s current Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Attorney General:

*Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was announced Attorney General on Friday

Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and of counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Rudy Giuliani

Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida

Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-SC)

Secretary of the Interior:

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), an ex-Navy Seal commander, has been reportedly selected as Secretary of the Interior.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R-WA) is Trump’s expected choice for Secretary of the Interior.

Forrest Lucas, oilman

Jan Brewer, former Arizona governor

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma

Robert Grady, venture capitalist

Harold Hamm, Oklahoma oilman

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Newt Gingrich

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly has interest in the job

Secretary of Agriculture:

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Chuck Conner, CEO National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Dave Heineman, former Governor of Nebraska

Sid Miller, Texas’ Secretary of Agriculture

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Mike McCloskey, major dairy executive from Indiana

Bruce Rastetter, major GOP donor in Iowa

Kip Tom, farmer who ran unsuccessful Indiana congressional campaign

Don Villwock, president of Indiana Farm Bureau

Ted McKinney, director of Indiana Department of Agriculture

Secretary of Commerce:

Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor & Trump economic adviser, was selected for the job

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Dan DiMicco, Former Nucor CEO and Trump trade adviser

Businessman Lewis Eisenberg

Peter Thiel, billionaire, Paypal cofounder

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)

Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry

Ray Washburne, Dallas-based investor and a Trump campaign fundraiser

Linda McMahon, a former World Wrestling Entertainment executive who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2012

Secretary of Labor:

Andy Pudzer, chief executive of fast food company CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., is Trump’s choice for labor secretary.

Victoria Lipnic, EEOC commissioner

Secretary of Health and Human Services:

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a fierce Affordable Care Act critic, was chosen by the Trump transition team

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger, though Politico calls the suggestion a “longer shot”

Ben Carson. The former presidential candidate said he has no interest in a cabinet position, explaining that he does not have experience running a federal agency.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson was officially named HUD secretary

Secretary of Transportation:

Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary during the Bush administration and member of Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council during his campaign, was chosen for the position.

Secretary of Energy:

Rick Perry, former Texas governor, who wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, has been named for the secretary position.

Venture Capitalist Robert Grady

Harold Hamm, Continental Resources CEO

James Connaughton, chief executive of Nautilus Data Technologies and former environmental adviser in the Bush administration

Secretary of Education:

Trump has suggested the Department of Education will be reduced, if not completely dismantled, in his administration, but that has not diminished speculation.

*Betsy DeVos, Michigan philanthropist, chairwoman of the American Federation for Children (AFC), former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party was announced as the new Secretary of Education on Wednesday

Eva Moskowitz, CEO of NYC’s Success Academy Charter Schools

Williamson Evers, Hoover Institution fellow and senior advisor to Bush Administration’s Secretary of Education

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of Washington DC public schools and founder of education reform nonprofit StudentsFirst, appeared to remove herself from consideration on Tuesday

Ben Carson

Veterans Affairs:

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)

Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)

Secretary of Homeland Security:

Retired Gen. John Kelly, who had a 40-year career in the Marine Corps, is Trump’s pick for Secretary of Homeland Security.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County

Rudy Giuliani

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security chair

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL)

Chief of Staff:

*Reince Priebus

Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief and executive chairman of Breitbart

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and owner of the New York Observer, was seen walking with Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, igniting speculation he might be in the running for the position under a Trump administration.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Rudy Giuliani

Chief Strategist:

*Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief and white nationalist, right-wing media figurehead, tapped as the president-elect’s senior counselor and chief strategist

White House Counsel:

Donald McGahn, Trump campaign counsel

Communications Director:

Jason Miller, Trump campaign senior communications adviser

Hope Hicks, Trump campaign press secretary

White House Political Director:

Bill Stepien, an ex-Chris Christie aide who mentored major figures in the 2013 Bridgegate scandal, is considered a top contender.

Press Secretary:

Laura Ingraham, conservative radio host and Fox News contributor

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Fox News host

Jason Miller

Sean Spicer, RNC communications director

RNC Chair:

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager and current CNN contributor

David Bossie, Trump’s deputy campaign manager

Dave Urban, president of Pennsylvania-based political operation American Continental Group, who worked on Trump’s efforts in the Keystone State

Director of Office of Management and Budget:

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), has been nominated to lead OMB.

Sen. Jeff Sessions(R-AL)

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator:

Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma and critic of the EPA under the Obama administration, was selected as EPA Administrator

Myron Ebell, an official at Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has running Trump’s EPA working group

Robert Grady, venture capitalist

Joe Aiello, director, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Environmental Safety and Quality Assurance

Carol Comer, commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General of Arkansas

Jeffrey Holmstead, lawyer and former deputy EPA administrator in the Bush administration

U.S. Trade Representative:

Dan DiMicco

UN Ambassador:

*Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Richard Grenell, spokesman for the UN ambassador during the Bush administration

CIA Director:

*Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

Michael Flynn

Peter Hoekstra, former chair of the House Intelligence Committee

Mike Rogers, former chair of the House Intelligence Committee

Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security adviser under the Bush administration

Director of National Intelligence:

Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and Republican presidential candidate, is under consideration for the job after visiting Trump Tower.

Former Rep. Heather Wilson, (R-NM)

National Security Adviser:

Michael Flynn was announced as Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser

Head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Seema Verma a consultant who worked with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to negotiate a Medicaid deal with the Obama administration, has been chosen to lead the health care agencies.

Secretary of the Army:

Vincent Viola, billionaire, founder of the electronic trading firm Virtu Financial and owner of the National Hockey League team Florida Panthers, was nominated for Army Secretary

U.S. Ambassador to Israel:

David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who takes a far-right approach to American policy toward Israel, has been named as Trump’s choice for ambassador.

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and an ordained Baptist preacher

U.S. Ambassador to China:

Gov. Terry Brownstad of Iowa was selected as Trump’s choice for ambassador

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annie Rees is an editorial fellow for Talking Points Memo and is currently finishing her MA in Journalism at the University of Missouri
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