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Tracking President Joe Biden’s Cabinet and appointees

Diversity and pace of Senate-confirmed positions

One of the president’s most significant constitutional powers is the ability to staff the top tiers of the executive branch with the advice and consent of the Senate. In an effort to evaluate the Biden administration over the course of its first year, Brookings is monitoring the Senate confirmations process in two ways: first by tracking key demographic data of these individuals through the first 300 days, second by tracking the pace of confirmations in major departments at the 100-, 200-, and 300-day marks. This information is placed in context by comparing it to Biden’s three predecessors: Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Note that the data on this page only includes confirmations to the 15 departments in the line of presidential succession; this excludes U.S. attorneys, among others. View a list of Senate-confirmed personnel included in this tracker here. The data will be updated with information from the Biden administration on a rolling basis. For a more detailed breakdown of this information please contact Kathryn Dunn Tenpas. Further notes and disclaimers on the dataset is available here.

Diversity of Senate confirmations

This section displays information on Senate-confirmed appointees by presidential administration according to two key demographic factors: The first chart displays gender (via frequency of women appointees), the second displays race/ethnicity. The data is through the first 300 days of each administration. See full notes on the data here.

Pace of Senate confirmations

This section displays the frequency of Senate-confirmed appointees at the 100-, 200-, and 300-day marks within the first year of a presidency. The first figure aggregates these confirmations across the 15 departments in the line of presidential succession; below that is an agency-level breakdown in alphabetical order. The data will be updated with information from the Biden administration on a rolling basis.

Pace of Senate confirmations by agency

Note: The asterisk (*) by Biden’s name indicates that the data collection for his administration is ongoing.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 2 4 1 1
101-200 days 7 7 0 1
201-300 days 4 2 3 N/A
Total 13 13 4 2

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 3 1 1
101-200 days 16 6 6 3
201-300 days 1 2 3 N/A
Total 18 11 10 4

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 2 7 1 3
101-200 days 32 15 14 3
201-300 days 7 7 11 N/A
Total 41 29 26 6

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 2 6 1 1
101-200 days 9 4 1 1
201-300 days 1 2 0 N/A
Total 12 12 2 2

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 1 1 2
101-200 days 9 11 1 1
201-300 days 1 2 4 N/A
Total 11 14 6 3

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 1 2 3
101-200 days 9 8 4 4
201-300 days 1 2 1 N/A
Total 11 11 7 7

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 2 2 2
101-200 days 9 4 2
201-300 days 2 2 N/A
Total 13 8 4

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 4 1 1
101-200 days 8 5 2 1
201-300 days 0 0 1 N/A
Total 9 9 4 2

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 2 1 1
101-200 days 7 9 1 3
201-300 days 0 3 2 N/A
Total 8 14 4 4

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 9 1 3
101-200 days 13 0 5 3
201-300 days 8 3 3 N/A
Total 22 12 9 6

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 3 3 1 1
101-200 days 7 5 0 2
201-300 days 2 2 1 N/A
Total 12 10 2 3

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 11 10 3 5
101-200 days 67 75 20 2
201-300 days 55 7 32 N/A
Total 133 92 55 7

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 1 6 1 2
101-200 days 6 8 2 2
201-300 days 5 1 3 N/A
Total 12 15 6 4

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 3 2 1 2
101-200 days 11 8 7 1
201-300 days 1 1 1 N/A
Total 15 11 9 3

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Timeframe George W. Bush Barack Obama Donald Trump Joe Biden*
1-100 days 2 3 1 2
101-200 days 7 5 3 4
201-300 days 0 0 2 N/A
Total 9 8 6 6

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List of Senate confirmations

This section displays a list of Senate-confirmed individuals that are included in this tracker; they are listed in chronological order based on date of confirmation. The data on this page only includes confirmations to the 15 departments in the line of presidential succession; this excludes U.S. attorneys, among others. The data will be updated with information from the Biden administration on a rolling basis.

Senate-confirmed appointees, days 1-100

Count Name Position Race/Ethnicity Gender Date Confirmed
1 Lloyd Austin Secretary of Defense Black M 1/22/2021
2 Janet Yellen Secretary of the Treasury White W 1/25/2021
3 Antony Blinken Secretary of State White M 1/26/2021
4 Pete Buttigieg Secretary of Transportation White M 2/2/2021
5 Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary of Homeland Security Hispanic/Latino M 2/2/2021
6 Kathleen Hicks Undersecretary of Defense White W 2/8/2021
7 Denis McDonough Secretary of Veterans Affairs White M 2/8/2021
8 Linda Thomas Greenfield U.N. Ambassador, Dept. of State Black W 2/23/2021
9 Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture White M 2/23/2021
10 Jennifer Granholm Secretary of Energy White W 2/25/2021
11 Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education Hispanic/Latino M 3/1/2021
12 Gina Raimondo Secretary of Commerce White W 3/2/2021
13 Marcia Fudge Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Black W 3/10/2021
14 Merrick Garland Attorney General, Dept. of Justice White M 3/10/2021
15 Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior Native American W 3/15/2021
16 Xavier Becerra Secretary of Health and Human Services Hispanic/Latino M 3/18/2021
17 Brian P. McKeon Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources White M 3/18/2021
18 Marty Walsh Secretary of Labor White M 3/22/2021
19 Vivek Murthy Surgeon General, Dept. of Health and Human Services Asian M 3/23/2021
20 Rachel Levine Assistant Secretary for Health White W 3/24/2021
21 Adewale “Wally” O. Adeyemo Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Black M 3/25/2021
22 David Turk Deputy Secretary of Energy White M 3/25/2021
23 Wendy Sherman Deputy Secretary of State White W 4/13/2021
24 Polly Trottenberg Deputy Secretary of Transportation White W 4/13/2021
25 Vanita Gupta Associate Attorney General, Dept. of Justice Asian W 4/21/2021
26 Lisa Monaco Deputy Attorney General, Dept. of Justice White W 4/21/2021
27 Deanne Bennett Criswell Administrator of FEMA, Dept. of Homeland Security White W 4/22/2021
28 Colin Hackett Kahl Undersecretary of Defense for Policy White M 4/27/2021
29 Victoria Nuland Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs White W 4/29/2021
30 Richard A. Sauber General Counsel, Dept. of Veterans Affairs White M 4/29/2021

Senate-confirmed appointees, days 101-200

Count Name Position Race/Ethnicity Gender Date Confirmed
31 Cindy Martin Deputy Secretary of Education White W 5/11/2021
32 Andrea Palm Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services White W 5/11/2021
33 Jewel Bronaugh Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Black W 5/13/2021
34 Don Graves, Jr. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Black M 5/13/2021
35 Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services Black W 5/25/2021
36 Kristen Clarke Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Dept. of Justice Black W 5/25/2021
37 Christine Wormuth Secretary of the Army, Dept. of Defense White W 5/27/2021
38 Michael J. McCord Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) White M 5/28/2021
39 Ronald S. Moultrie Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Black M 5/28/2021
40 Nuria I. Fernandez Federal Transit Administrator, Dept. of Transportation Black; Hispanic/Latino W 6/10/2021
41 Leslie B. Kiernan General Counsel, Dept. of Commerce White W 6/10/2021
42 Adrianne Todman Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Black W 6/10/2021
43 Tommy P. Beaudreau Deputy Secretary of the Interior White M 6/17/2021
44 Matthew T. Quinn Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Memorial Affairs White M 6/17/2021
45 Richard W. Spinrad Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere White M 6/17/2021
46 John K. Tien Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Asian M 6/17/2021
47 Tanya Marie Trujillo Assistant Secretary of the Interior Unknown W 6/17/2021
48 Ali Nouri Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs White* M 6/22/2021
49 Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dept. of Health and Human Services Black W 6/24/2021
50 Maryanne T. Donaghy Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection White W 6/24/2021
51 Shannon Aneal Estenoz Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, Dept. of the Interior Unknown W 6/24/2021
52 Anne Milgram Administrator of Drug Enforcement, Dept. of Justice White W 6/24/2021
53 Carlos Alberto Monje Jr. Undersecretary of Transportation for Policy Hispanic/Latino M 6/24/2021
54 Dawn Myers O’Connell Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dept. of Health and Human Services White W 6/24/2021
55 Patricia L. Ross Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs White W 6/24/2021
56 Jen Easterly Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Dept. of Homeland Security White W 7/12/2021
57 Julie A. Su Deputy Secretary of Labor Asian W 7/13/2021
58 Uzra Zeya Undersecretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) Asian W 7/13/2021
59 Seema Nanda Solicitor for the Dept. of Labor Asian W 7/14/2021
60 J. Nellie Liang Undersecretary of the Treasury Asian W 7/15/2021
61 Donald Michael Remy Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs White M 7/15/2021
62 Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. Assistant Attorney General, Dept. of Justice Black M 7/20/2021
63 Bonnie D. Jenkins Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Black W 7/21/2021

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Notes

  • Although newly inaugurated presidents are presented with the opportunity to fill roughly 1,200 Senate-confirmed positions across the federal government, the data on this page only includes confirmations within the 15 departments in the line of presidential succession. This includes the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. This excludes military and judicial confirmations, individuals being confirmed for seats on commissions, and U.S. attorneys, among others.
  • The data will be updated with information from the Biden administration on a rolling basis.
  • For the purposes of this tracker, Joe Biden’s first 100 days end on April 30, 2021; days 101-200 end on Aug. 9, 2021; and days 201-300 end on Nov. 17, 2021.
  • * For the race/ethnicity data, U.S. Census categories were used. Due to insufficient information, the race/ethnicity of a small number of individuals could not be determined; these were classified as “Unknown.” For individuals with more than one race/ethnicity, each is reflected in the data; i.e., a single person could be listed in both the “Black” and “Hispanic/Latino” categories. A person with “origins in … the Middle East or North Africa [MENA]” is categorized as white in data about race and ethnicity released by the Census Bureau; there is no specific census classification available for people of MENA descent.
  • Special thanks to Noah Montemarano for research assistance.

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