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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

Cabinet

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

Cabinet
Office
(statutory basis)
Incumbent Term began
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Vice President
(Constitution, Art. II, Sec. I)
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Mike Pence
January 20, 2017
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Secretary of State
(22 U.S.C. § 2651a)
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Mike Pompeo
April 26, 2018
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Secretary of the Treasury
(31 U.S.C. § 301)
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Steve Mnuchin
February 13, 2017
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Secretary of Defense
(10 U.S.C. § 113)
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Mark Esper
July 23, 2019
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Attorney General
(28 U.S.C. § 503)
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William P. Barr
February 14, 2019
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Secretary of the Interior
(43 U.S.C. § 1451)
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David Bernhardt
April 11, 2019
(Acting: January 2, 2019–April 11, 2019)
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Secretary of Agriculture
(7 U.S.C. § 2202)
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Sonny Perdue
April 25, 2017
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Secretary of Commerce
(15 U.S.C. § 1501)
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Wilbur Ross
February 28, 2017
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Secretary of Labor
(29 U.S.C. § 551)
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Eugene Scalia
September 30, 2019
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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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Alex Azar
October 10, 2017
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
(42 U.S.C. § 3532)
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Ben Carson
March 2, 2017
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Secretary of Transportation
(49 U.S.C. § 102)
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Elaine Chao
January 31, 2017
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Secretary of Energy
(42 U.S.C. § 7131)
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Dan Brouillette
December 3, 2019
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Secretary of Education
(20 U.S.C. § 3411)
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Betsy DeVos
February 7, 2017
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
(38 U.S.C. § 303)
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Robert Wilkie
July 30, 2018
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Secretary of Homeland Security
(6 U.S.C. § 112)
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Chad Wolf
(Acting)
April 7, 2019

Cabinet-level officials

The following officials hold positions that are considered to be Cabinet-level positions. Cabinet-level officials attend Cabinet meetings, but are not official Cabinet Members:

Cabinet-level Officials
Office Incumbent Term began
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White House Chief of Staff
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Mark Meadows
March 31, 2020
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Trade Representative
Robert E. Lighthizer official portrait.jpg
Robert Lighthizer
May 15, 2017
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Director of National Intelligence
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John Ratcliffe
May 26, 2020
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Ambassador to the United Nations
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Kelly Craft
September 12, 2019
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Director of the Office of Management and Budget
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Russell Vought
(Acting)
January 2, 2019
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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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Gina Haspel
May 21, 2018
(Acting: April 26, 2018–May 21, 2018)
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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
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Andrew R. Wheeler
February 28, 2019
(Acting: July 9, 2018–February 28, 2019)
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Administrator of the Small Business Administration
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Jovita Carranza
January 15, 2020

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