Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will introduce these key members of the administration at an event in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday. CNN has previously reported on all of these governance options.
These choices reflect how Biden has turned to long-term advisers and experts in the respective fields for top positions in his administration. Many have close ties to Biden and have developed ties with those who were elected president during the Obama administration.
“With this dedication and outstanding team of public servants, the highest level of experience, compassion and integrity will enable them to solve problems and expand the opportunities for the American people to face upright challenges,” Biden said in a statement.
The President-elect said, “Roles that meet the rubber road – effective and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, enhance the dignity, equity, security and prosperity of the day. Everyday lives of Americans. It is the right team for this moment in history, and each of these leaders I know that touching the ground running on the first day to address the interconnected crises that families face today. “
Wilsack President Barack Obama has served as Secretary of State for Agriculture all the time in the White House. Shortly before President Donald Trump took office, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2009 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2017. Wilsack is also a former governor of Iowa – In 1998, Wilsack became the first Democrat governor to be elected to Iowa for more than 30 years. Served as Governor from 1999 to 2007.
McDonough is the longtime chief of staff for former President Barack Obama. He served as Chief of Staff during Obama’s second term and also served as Deputy National Security Adviser. While working in both positions, McDonough developed a close relationship with Biden. He chaired the National Security Council Auxiliary Committee, which is responsible for shaping the administration’s national security and foreign policy.
Fudge has represented Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008. She serves on several committees and has previously chaired the Congress Black Caucus. Before running for Congress, Fudge made history as the first woman and first African American to be elected mayor of Warrensville Heights in Ohio.
Biden was considered a rice contender for vice president or secretary of state. He first had a long and close relationship with Obama’s UN ambassador and later his national security adviser, Rice Biden, and had deep foreign policy experience. She served as President and Senior Director of African Affairs at the White House during the Clinton administration, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department and Director of the International Security Agency, and as peacekeeper on the National Security Council. .
Tai appears to be an expert on China’s trade policy, and, if confirmed by the Senate, is the first color woman to serve as USTR. She is currently the top democratic trade adviser to the House Ways and Means Committee. Tai played a key role in negotiating Democrats’ trade policy in the United States-Mexico-Canada Accord, which came under the Trump administration and replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement.