US President-Elect Joe Biden has appointed Dr Susan Rice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council. The surprising appoitment elevates the position to cabinet level. Dr. Susan Rice, AfroAmerica Network Black Woman of Year 2011, was long considered a contender for the Secretary of State position, until the position was given to Anthony Blinken. However, as indicated in our report, the nomination to that position could have created challenges in the Senate confirmation (see AfroAmerica Network: Joe Biden's Top Women VP Pick: Rwanda in the Middle of the Vetting Process)
As expected and projected by AroniSmart team, women and minorities continue to be highly represented and will play a major role in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' administration (see AfroAmerica Network: US 2020 Elections: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Prepare for Transition) and ( AroniSmart: US 2020 Elections: Top Candidates For Joe Biden's Government). Below are the new nominees:
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Dennis McDonough, Chief of staff during Obama's second term and former Deputy national security adviser.
- Agriculture Secretary: Tom Vilsak, the former agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, for agriculture secretary AroniSmart had projected that Xavier Becerra could be nomiated for Attorney General position.
- Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge, an Ohio congresswoman.
- United Stated Trade Representative: Katherine Thai, a trade lawyer and long time critic of China. Tai, who is Asian-American, would also be the first woman of color to serve in that role.
- Director of the Domestic Policy Council: Dr. Susan Rice. Dr Susan Rice is AFROAMERICA NETWORK WOMAN OF YEAR 2011 (see AfroAmerica Network: AfroAmerica Black of Year). Then, AfroAmerica Network had remarked that "She is known to be the one woman in the world dictators, especially African dictators fear the most; from the late General Mobutu Sese Seko Wa Zebanga, to the old generation Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe to the new breed of African dictators, like General Paul Kagame of Rwanda or Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)."
Joe Biden's comment on the latest nominations and appointments: "This dedicated and distinguished group of public servants will bring the highest level of experience, compassion, and integrity to bear, solving problems and expanding possibilities for the American people in the face of steep challenges,The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road — where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people's lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security, and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans."
The updated projections by AroniSmart Team for the key remaining positions, that could be announced early next week:
- Attorney General:
- Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama;
- Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota;
- Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez;
- Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey,
- Former deputy attorney general in the Obama administration, Sally Yates;
- Education Department:
- Lily Eskelsen García, former president of the National Education Association;
- Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
- Energy Department:
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee;
- Former Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall;
- Chief Executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative Ernest Moniz.
- Labor Department:
- Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders;
- Seth Harris, former deputy labor secretary;
- Michigan Democratic congressman Andy Levein;
- Julie Su, secretary of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
- Interior Secretary:
- Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico and a former member of Congress.
- Central Intelligence Agency:
- Tom Donilon, National Security Adviser under President Barack Obama;
- Mike Morell, former Foreign Service Officer;
- Jeh Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security
- Susan Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration;
- Lisa Monaco, top adviser on Homeland Security to President Obama;
@AfroAmerica Network, 2020