President-elect Joe Biden has been introducing his nominees for key roles within the new administration. There has been a great deal of attention to these selections, as concerns surrounding Covid-19 and the introduction of a new vaccine remain very prominent within the public mind. 

President-elect Joe Biden introduces his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Photo by: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The figures appointed have all been experienced people, mostly taken from his own circle of colleagues. All his senior staff, who do not require a confirmation from the Senate, have received a mostly positive response thus far. This may be partly due to the centrist tone that the new administration is already building. There has also been attention drawn to the naming of women and people of color within some of the top positions in the administration. 

The list of key nominations thus far is included below.

  • Chief of Staff: Ron Klain
  • Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
  • Defense: Lloyd Austin
  • Energy: Jennifer Granholm
  • Health and Human Services: Xavier Becerra
  • Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas
  • Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge of Ohio
  • Interior: Deb Haaland
  • State: Tony Blinken
  • Transportation: Pete Buttigieg
  • Treasury: Janet Yellen
  • Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough
  • Council of Economic Advisers: Cecilia Rouse
  • Office of Management and Budget: Neera Tanden
  • Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines
  • U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Michael Regan