NewsElections Trump's Cabinet, top appointments: Jared Kushner, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, more By Nicole Brown and Lauren Cook with Reuters email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Updated April 28, 2017 10:36 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, President Donald Trump has had to fill several top positions in his administration, some of which he's even filled twice. The majority of his Cabinet picks have been confirmed by the Senate, but had to choose a new labor secretary nominee when Andrew Puzder withdrew and appoint a new national security adviser when he fired Michael Flynn. Here's a look at those Cabinet members and other top appointments, including Jared Kushner, Rex Tillerson, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. Reince Priebus: Chief of staff Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was named Trump's chief of staff in November. Born in New Jersey and raised in Wisconsin, Priebus was the RNC's Wisconsin state party chairman before winning the RNC chairman position in 2011. The choice of Priebus was seen as a conciliatory signal of Trump's willingness to work with Congress after he takes office on Jan. 20. Steve Bannon: Chief strategist and counselor Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Former head of the website Breitbart News Steve Bannon was selected to be Trump's chief strategist and counselor. The Virginia native served as a Navy officer for seven years and worked as the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon under President Ronald Reagan, but otherwise has no political experience beyond Trump's presidential campaign. One of Trump's more controversial appointments, critics have accused Bannon of being an anti-Semite. Jared Kushner: Senior adviser to the president Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Trump named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser, the transition team announced on Jan. 9, 2017. Kushner works alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon to carry out Trump's agenda. Kushner chose to forego his salary while serving in the administration, according to the transition team. The Justice Department concluded that the appointment does not violate anti-nepotism laws. Ivanka Trump: Assistant to the president Photo Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee A White House official said on March 20, 2017, that Ivanka Trump would get her own West Wing space, as well as access to classified information and a government-issued phone. She is an assistant to the president and it is not a paid role. Jeff Sessions: Attorney general Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was chosen to be the U.S. attorney general, transition officials said. Sessions served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and Alabama attorney general before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. Trump's selection of Sessions angered civil rights activists, particularly over his stance on immigration. Sessions was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 8, 2017. Rex Tillerson: Secretary of state Photo Credit: Getty Images Trump announced Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state on Dec. 13, 2016. Tillerson is the chief executive of Exxon Mobil who has close ties to the Russian government. In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Tillerson with Russia's Order of Friendship, one of the country's highest civilian honors. Lawmakers from both major parties raised questions about Tillerson's relationship with Russia, but ultimately he was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 1, 2017. Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Dan Scavino: Senior communications team Photo Credit: Getty Images composite Trump's transition team announced on Dec. 22, 2016, that Sean Spicer (pictured left), Republican National Committee communications director, was named press secretary and assistant to the president. In the same statement, the transition team revealed that Trump's campaign press secretary, Hope Hicks (pictured right), was named assistant to the president and director of strategic communications. Also named to the press team were Jason Miller as assistant to the president and director of communications and Dan Scavino as assistant to the president and director of social media. "Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition," Trump said in a statement. "I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again." But on Dec. 24, Miller announced he would not accept the position offered by Trump. Miller, who was Trump's communications director for the transition team, said in a statement that he and his wife were expecting their second daughter in January and that his family needed to take priority over career moves. Kellyanne Conway: Counselor to the president Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Kellyanne Conway was appointed as counselor to the president, Trump said on Dec. 22, 2016. In this role, she serves as a close adviser to Trump and works with senior leadership to execute the administration's agenda. Conway served as a senior member of Trump's transition team and acted as his campaign manager for the final leg of his campaign, helping him win the election. Stephen Miller: Senior advisor to the president for policy Photo Credit: Getty Images / John Gurzinski Stephen Miller was chosen as Trump's senior adviser to the president for policy, the transition team announced on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Miller has been Trump's top adviser on policy since January 2016 and has served as a key adviser to several members of Congress, including Trump's choice for attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Mike Pompeo: CIA director Photo Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo was selected to be Trump's CIA director, transition officials said in November. Pompeo graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served as an active-duty cavalry officer in the U.S Army. He also has a joint degree from Harvard Law School. A member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Pompeo, 52, was first elected in the 2010 tea party wave from the congressional district centered on his hometown of Wichita. Pompeo is also a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state and her handling of the 2012 attacks on U.S. posts in Benghazi, Libya. Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 23, 2017. James Mattis: Defense secretary Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Trump nominated retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary, his transition team said on Dec. 6, 2016. Mattis, known as "Mad Dog," is renowned for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a revered figure in the Marine Corps and is known for his distrust of Iran. Mattis was confirmed to be defense secretary on Jan. 20, 2017. Nikki Haley: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Watson South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was selected to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She has been the governor of South Carolina since 2011, but had little international experience prior to her nomination. Haley had previously supported Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the Republican primaries, and she criticized Trump for his harsh rhetoric about immigration and for not speaking forcefully enough against white supremacists. In the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address in January, Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, appeared to allude to Trump. "During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices," she said. "We must resist that temptation." Haley was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 24, 2017. Betsy DeVos: Secretary of the Dept. of Education Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Betsy DeVos was selected as Trump's nomination for secretary of the Department of Education, transition officials said. The decision comes after DeVos met with Trump at his International Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 19, 2016. Among several other organizations she works with, DeVos, of Michigan, is chairman of the American Federation for Children. The nonprofit organization advocates for school choice reforms, focusing on a parent's right to choose which school their child attends through scholarship tax credit programs, education savings accounts and school vouchers. DeVos was confirmed as education secretary by the Senate on Feb. 7, 2017. Dan Coats: Director of national intelligence Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Trump chose Dan Coats, a former senator from Indiana, as his director of national intelligence, two senior transition officials said on Jan. 5, 2017. Coats, 73, is a traditional conservative from Indiana who just finished a six-year term in the Senate. He was also a U.S. ambassador to Germany for Republican President George W. Bush. Coats was confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 2017. R. Alexander Acosta: Labor secretary Photo Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle R. Alexander Acosta was named Trump's nominee for secretary of labor on Feb. 16, 2017, a day after the president's first choice for the job, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Acosta, Trump's first Hispanic nominee, is a former National Labor Relations Board member and current dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Before returning to the private sector, he had a decades-long public service career, serving in three presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed positions. H.R. McMaster: National security adviser Photo Credit: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was named Trump's national security adviser on Feb. 20, 2017, just one week after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned from the position amid questions over his contacts with Russia before Trump's inauguration. He is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how McMaster, who is known for questioning authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism. Keith Kellogg: National Security Council chief of staff Photo Credit: Reuters / Carlo Allegri Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg was appointed as chief of staff to the National Security Council on Feb. 20, 2017. Kellogg had previously been appointed to the role of acting national security adviser following the resignation of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on Feb. 13. He served in the military for 36 years. Flynn, who served as an adviser to Trump on national security issues during his campaign, was one of Trump's first appointments. John Kelly: Secretary of homeland security Photo Credit: Getty Images / Norberto Duarte Trump nominated retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, his transition team said on Dec. 12, 2016. Kelly is the former head of the U.S. Southern Command and was responsible for the country's military activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Kelly, whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010, also led troops in western Iraq. Kelly's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 20, 2017. Steven Mnuchin: Treasury secretary Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez Trump announced his nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary on Nov. 30, 2016. Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before launching his own hedge fund, the Dune Capital Management. He has invested in Hollywood movies, including "Avatar," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Suicide Squad." He also served as Trump's presidential campaign finance chairman. The Senate confirmed Mnuchin as Treasury secretary on Feb. 13, 2017. Tom Price: Secretary of health and human services Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong Georgia Rep. Tom Price was chosen to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Trump's transition team announced Nov. 29, 2016. Price worked as an orthopedic surgeon before entering politics. He has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "Under Obamacare, the American people are paying more for health care and getting less - less access, less quality, and fewer choices," he said in a statement after introducing legislation to repeal Obamacare in May. Price was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 8, 2017. Ben Carson: Secretary of housing and urban development Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was nominated to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump's transition team announced on Dec. 5, 2016. After Carson dropped out of the presidential race in early March, he put his support behind Trump, despite criticism of him in the past. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who has never held political office before. Trump had discussed the job with Carson before Thanksgiving, but -- despite his own presidential run -- Carson initially indicated reluctance to take a position in the incoming administration because of his lack of experience in federal government. Carson was confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 2017. Wilbur Ross: Secretary of commerce Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Wilbur Ross was nominated to be the secretary of the Department of Commerce, the transition team announced on Nov. 30, 2016. Ross is an investor and businessman who was the head of investment banking company Rothschild Inc. for 25 years. Ross is worth $2.5 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. He also served as an economic policy adviser to Trump during his campaign. Ross was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 27, 2017. Rick Perry: Energy secretary Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Kena Betancur Trump chose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his nominee for energy secretary, the transition team said Dec. 14, 2016. The selection of Perry, who is from a leading oil-producing state, is further indication that the Trump administration may be friendly toward the fossil fuel industry. Perry proposed eliminating the Energy Department, which is responsible for the country's energy policies and oversees the nuclear weapons program, during his unsuccessful bid for president in 2011. He was also among Trump's Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential race, during which he called Trump "a cancer on conservatism." During a debate, Trump took aim at Perry's appearance, saying, "He put on glasses so people will think he's smart." Perry was approved by the full Senate on March 2, 2017. Scott Pruitt: Environmental Protection Agency administrator Photo Credit: Getty Images / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez Trump selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said Dec. 7, 2016. Pruitt has been a harsh opponent of President Barack Obama's measures and regulations to curb climate change. He has launched multiple lawsuits against regulations put forward by the EPA. "The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses," Pruitt said. Pruitt was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 17, 2017. Don McGahn: White House counsel Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Trump named attorney Donald McGahn his White House counsel, a senior transition official said on Nov. 25, 2016. A partner at law firm Jones Day and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, McGahn served as counsel to Trump during his presidential campaign. He has also previously served as counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees campaigns for the House of Representatives. The White House Counsel's office advises the president on the legality of proposed executive orders and legislation passed by Congress and vets potential administration appointees. David Shulkin: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Dominick Reuter Trump announced his selection for Secretary of Veterans Affairs during a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11, 2017. David Shulkin, a physician, has served as undersecretary at the department since his confirmation, during the Obama administration, in June 2015. Shulkin was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 13, 2017. Elaine Chao: Transportation secretary Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Watson Trump named Elaine Chao as his transportation secretary, transition team officials said on Nov. 29, 2016. Chao previously served as the labor secretary under former President George W. Bush. She was the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet position. Chao is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Chao was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 31, 2017. Mick Mulvaney: White House Office of Management and Budget director Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla Trump chose South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney, 49, is a fiscal conservative and was an outspoken critic of former House Speaker John Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid opposition from fellow Republicans who were members of the House Freedom Caucus. Mulvaney was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 14, 2017. Ryan Zinke: Secretary of the Interior Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Kena Betancur Trump selected Rep. Ryan Zinke as his Interior secretary, his transition team announced Dec. 15, 2016. The first-term Republican from Montana is a proponent of keeping public lands under federal ownership, putting him at odds with some in the GOP. Zinke, 55, is also a former Navy SEAL commander. Zinke was confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 2017. Sonny Perdue: Secretary of agriculture Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Bryan R. Smith Trump named former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Jan. 19, 2017. Perdue, 70, served on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. He was the governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Perdue was confirmed by the Senate on April 24, 2017. Linda McMahon: Administrator of the Small Business Administration Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Linda McMahon was chosen as Trump's nomination for administrator of the Small Business Administration, transition team officials said on Dec. 7, 2016. McMahon is the co-founder and former CEO of WWE wrestling. She is also the current co-founder and CEO of Women's Leadership Live LLC, which aims to help women start or expand their own businesses. The Small Business Administration extends loans to small businesses and makes sure they get a percentage of federal contracts. McMahon was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 14, 2017. James Comey: FBI director Photo Credit: Getty Images / Saul Loeb Trump said he would keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, the New York Times reported on Jan. 24, 2017. Comey has served as director of the FBI since September 2013 when he was appointed by then-President Barack Obama. He received criticism from Democrats when he announced that the FBI was reopening an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails 11 days before the presidential election. The FBI is currently investigating the potential ties between Trump aides and the Russian government. Seema Verma: Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Seema Verma was selected to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency that oversees government health programs and insurance standards, the Trump transition team said Nov. 29, 2016. Verma is the president, CEO and founder of SVC Inc., a health care policy consulting company. Verma previously worked with Mike Pence in Indiana to expand Medicaid coverage for the state's poor using federal funding. Gary Cohn: White House National Economic Council Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bryan R. Smith Trump officially nominated Gary Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, as director of the National Economic Council on Dec. 12, 2016. The selection of Cohn, 56, to managing the country's economy came despite Trump's repeated campaign criticism of Goldman Sachs, which he said was part of a financial system that had hurt the working class. Dr. Scott Gottlieb: Food and Drug Administration commissioner Photo Credit: Handout / The American Enterprise Institute Trump nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a White House official confirmed on Friday, March 10, 2017. Gottlieb, 44, is a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank and a partner at a large venture capital fund. Rod Rosenstein: Deputy attorney general Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson Trump selected Rod Rosenstein as his nominee for deputy attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The move came one day after the president fired acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, an appointee of former President Barack Obama who refused to enforce Trump's executive order on an immigrant and refugee travel ban. Carl Icahn: Special adviser to the president Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mat Szwajkos Billionaire Carl Icahn accepted a position as special adviser to the president on regulatory reform, Trump's transition team said on Dec. 21, 2016. A native of Far Rockaway, Queens, and the chairman of his NYC-based Icahn Enterprises, Icahn began his Wall Street career in 1961, according to a news release. Icahn will not take a salary for his service, a Trump transition team aide told Reuters. Katie Walsh: Deputy chief of staff Photo Credit: Getty Images / Zach Gibson Katie Walsh, the former chief of staff for Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee, was appointed as deputy chief of staff to the White House, Trump said Jan. 4, 2017. Walsh will continue to work closely with Priebus, who was previously appointed as Trump's chief of staff. Trump also announced that Rick Dearborn, chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Sessions -- who Trump nominated to be attorney general -- will serve as deputy chief of staff for legislative, intergovernmental affairs and implementation. Joe Hagin, who served in the administrations of George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, will serve as deputy chief of staff for operations, Trump said. Todd Ricketts: Deputy secretary of commerce Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Todd Ricketts, the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, was nominated to be the deputy secretary of commerce, the transition team announced on Nov. 30, 2016. Ricketts' family reportedly donated money to the Ours Principles PAC, which had a goal of defeating Trump, during the Republican primaries. Trump called them out on Twitter in February, saying "I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" Todd Ricketts became a Trump ally later in the campaign. Terry Branstad: Ambassador to China Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson Trump selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a transition official said on Dec. 7, 2016. Brandstad called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "longtime friend" when Xi visited Iowa in February 2012, and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang called Branstad an "old friend" of China when asked about a report on the appointment. Because of Branstad's relationship with China, his appointment may show a willingness of Trump to ease trade tensions between the United States and China. David Friedman: Ambassador to Israel Photo Credit: EPA / Abir Sultan David Friedman, left, was chosen as Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel, the transition team announced on Dec. 15, 2016. Friedman has been one of Trump's top advisers on the U.S.-Israel relationship during his campaign. He speaks Hebrew fluently and is a founding partner of the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Woody Johnson: Ambassador to the United Kingdom Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Dominick Reuter New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was chosen as Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, the New York Times reported on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Trump referred to Johnson as "ambassador" and said he was "going to St. James" during remarks at a luncheon in Washington. He also congratulated Johnson on the apparent appointment. The position is considered a plum assignment and is typically given to a wealthy campaign donor. The billionaire businessman is one of a dozen heirs to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. Heather Wilson: Air Force secretary Photo Credit: Getty Images / Paul J. Richards Trump announced on Jan. 23, 2017, that he will nominate former Rep. Heather Wilson for Air Force secretary. Wilson, the first female military veteran to be elected to Congress, represented New Mexico from 1998 to 2009. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982 and served as an officer for multiple years. Wilson was also a member of the National Security Council staff under former President George H.W. Bush. She currently serves as the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Maureen Ohlhausen: Acting chair of Federal Trade Commission Photo Credit: Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm Maureen Ohlhausen, who is a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, was designated by Trump to be acting chairwoman of the FTC on Jan. 25, 2107. The appointment was made by a White House order, the FTC said. Ohlhausen, a Republican, became a commissioner in April 2012. The commission works with the Justice Department to prevent businesses from using anti-competitive, deceptive or fraudulent practices. Philip Bilden: Navy secretary Photo Credit: Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm Trump nominated Philip Bilden, a former military intelligence officer and private equity executive, for Navy secretary on Jan. 25, 2017. Bilden has broad business experience in Asia, specifically with China, but does not have past government experience. Trump has vowed to increase the number of the country's Navy ships from 290 to 350 ships, a move aides say is aimed at countering China's rapid rise as a military power in the Asia-Pacific. Jay Clayton: Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Watson Trump nominated Jay Clayton to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, which provides oversight of the stock market, his transition team said Jan. 4, 2017. Clayton is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a prominent law firm that helps businesses navigate the federal regulations Clayton would be tasked with overseeing at the SEC. Robert Lighthizer: U.S. trade representative Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Don Emmert Trump announced on Jan. 3, 2017, that he nominated Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative. Lighthizer, a trade lawyer, previously served under President Ronal Reagan as the deputy U.S. trade representative. He is also a partner at the law firm Skadden Arps. Lighthizer will work with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to shrink the country's trade deficit, strengthen the manufacturing base and keep jobs in America, Trump said in a statement. Thomas Bossert: Homeland security aide Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer Thomas Bossert was named Trump's homeland security aide, the transition team announced on Dec. 27, 2016. He advises on security and counterterrorism issues. 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