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Reagan Cabinet - Class Photo 1987
Here are all of the cabinet officials during Ronald Reagan's presidency

The United States Cabinet (usually simplified as "the Cabinet") is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States, and its existence dates back to the first American President (George Washington), who appointed a Cabinet of four people (Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson; Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton; Secretary of War, Henry Knox; and Attorney General, Edmund Randolph) to advise and assist him in his duties.

Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and then presented to the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If approved, they are sworn in and begin their duties. Aside from the Attorney General, and previously, the Postmaster General, they all receive the title Secretary.

Current cabinet members


The Cabinet officers are listed in rank order according to the United States presidential line of succession:

(statutory basis)
Incumbent Term began
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Vice President
(Constitution, Art. II, Sec. I)
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Joe Biden
January 20, 2009
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Secretary of State
(22 U.S.C. § 2651a)
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John Kerry
February 1, 2013
Secretary of the Treasury
(31 U.S.C. § 301)
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Jack Lew
February 28, 2013
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Secretary of Defense
(10 U.S.C. § 113)
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Ashton Carter
February 17, 2015
Attorney General
(28 U.S.C. § 503)
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Loretta Lynch
April 27, 2015
Secretary of the Interior
(43 U.S.C. § 1451)
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Sally Jewell
April 12, 2013
Secretary of Agriculture
(7 U.S.C. § 2202)
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Tom Vilsack
January 20, 2009
Secretary of Commerce
(15 U.S.C. § 1501)
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Penny Pritzker
June 26, 2013
Secretary of Labor
(29 U.S.C. § 551)
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Thomas Perez
July 23, 2013
Secretary of Health and Human Services
(Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1953, 67 Stat. 631 and 42 U.S.C. § 3501)
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell
June 9, 2014
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
(42 U.S.C. § 3532)
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Julian Castro
July 28, 2014
Secretary of Transportation
(49 U.S.C. § 102)
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Anthony Foxx
July 2, 2013
Secretary of Energy
(42 U.S.C. § 7131)
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Ernest Moniz
May 21, 2013
Secretary of Education
(20 U.S.C. § 3411)
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John King, Jr.
January 1, 2016
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
(38 U.S.C. § 303)
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Robert McDonald
July 30, 2014
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Secretary of Homeland Security
(6 U.S.C. § 112)
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Jeh Johnson
December 23, 2013

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