With President-elect Trump’s attorney general pick Jeff Sessions under the bright lights of the Senate today for his confirmation hearing, one can’t help but wonder whom Hillary Clinton would have nominated to her cabinet.
After speaking to former staffers and aides, Axios’s Mike Allen assembled a list of Clinton’s “dream” cabinet picks:
Secretary of State: John Podesta, Bill Burns, Joe Biden
Former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta is a familiar face. The former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton found himself the focal point of the campaign as his leaked emails revealed nefarious dealings with the Department of Justice — and an admission that the campaign had “no idea how to lift up” Hillary Clinton.
Bill Burns was the Deputy Secretary of State from 2011-2014, and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Joe Biden is the current Vice President of the United States, having served two terms as VP under President Obama. Biden served as a U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years. Biden openly endorsed and campaigned for Hillary Clinton in her bid for the presidency.
Deputy Secretary of State: Kurt Campbell, Wendy Sherman
Kurt Campbell was the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs under President Obama.
Wendy Sherman was the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs during the Obama administration, and held roles in the State Department during both of Bill Clinton’s administrations.
Treasury Secretary: Sheryl Sandberg, Lael Brainard
Sandberg has been the COO of Facebook since 2008, and she has a reported net worth of $1.3 billion. Amid rumors last year that she’d be asked to join a Clinton administration, Sandberg stated that she had no plans to leave Facebook.
Lael Brainard serves on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Previously, Brainard served as Undersecretary of the Treasury from 2010-2013.
Defense Secretary: Michèle Flournoy
During her tenure as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during President Obama’s first term, Flournoy was the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon’s history.
Attorney General: Loretta Lynch retained, Jennifer Granholm, Jamie Gorelick, Tom Perez
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was embroiled in scandal last June when Bill Clinton boarded her plane at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. Claiming to discuss “grandchildren,” the former president spent nearly 30 minutes on the attorney general’s plane before disembarking and returning to his own jet.
At the time, Hillary Clinton was under investigation by the Justice Department over her office’s use of a private email server.Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Jennifer Granholm is the first woman to be elected governor of Michigan. She was elected twice and served from 2003-2011.
Jamie Gorelick served as Deputy Attorney General during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
Tom Perez currently serves as the Secretary of Labor.
Labor Secretary: Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz is the chairman and CEO of Starbucks.
Health and Human Services: Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Tanden was Clinton’s deputy campaign manager when she ran for the Senate in 2000, and she assisted Clinton in her first bid for the presidency.
Energy Secretary: Carol Browner
Carol Browner served as Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change under Barack Obama, and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during both Clinton administrations.
Education Secretary: Jennifer Granholm, John Sexton
John Sexton is the former president of New York University.
Budget Director: Gene Sperling
Gene Sperling is the former Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama. Sperling held the same position during President Clinton’s second term.
Commerce Secretary: Gregory Meeks, Sheryl Sandberg, Terry McAuliffe
Gregory Meeks is a U.S. representative from New York’s 5th Congressional District. Meeks is a member of both the Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Terry McAuliffe is the current governor of Virginia and has been a chairman on both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair.Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images
U.N Ambassador: Tom Nides, Wendy Sherman, Bill Burns
Tom Nides is the former Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.
Director of National Intelligence: Tom Donilon
Tom Donilon served as national security adviser to President Obama from 2010-2013.
CIA Director: Tom Donilon, Mike Morell
Mike Morell served as both the acting Director of the CIA and the Deputy Director of the CIA under President Obama. Notably, Morell penned an op-ed in the New York Times detailing his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
SEC Chair: Gary Gensler
Gary Gensler served as the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Obama. Gensler also worked in the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration. Prior to his work in the public sector, Gensler was a Wall Street banker who worked for Goldman Sachs.
Big Jobs: Tom Vilsack, Cory Booker
Tom Vilsack is the current Secretary of Agriculture and the former governor of Iowa. In 2007, Vilsack sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for president before dropping out of the race.
Cory Booker is a U.S. Senator from New Jersey and the former mayor of the city of Newark, NJ. Booker plans to testify against the confirmation of fellow Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Booker’s testimony will mark the first time that a sitting U.S. Senator has testified against another for a Cabinet post confirmation.
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