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Barack H. Obama Cabinet Nominations

Article II, section 2 of the Constitution gives the Senate responsibility for considering and confirming the President's executive and judicial nominations.

Nomination

Announced

Hearings

Received

Confirmed

Vote

Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack

Dec 17, 2008

Jan 14, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

voice vote

Attorney General

Eric Holder

Dec 1, 2008

Jan 15-16, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Feb 2, 2009

75-21 No. 32

Secretary of Commerce

Bill Richardson1

Judd Gregg2

Gary Locke

John Bryson

Penny Pritzker

Dec 3, 2008

Feb 3, 2009

Feb 25, 2009

May 31, 2011

May 1, 2013

 

 

March 18, 2009

Jun 21, 2011

May 23, 2013

 

 

Mar 16, 2009

Jun 16, 2011

May 9, 2013

 

 

Mar 24, 2009

Oct 20, 2011

Jun 25, 2013

 

 

voice vote

74-26 No. 166

97-1 No. 161

Secretary of Defense

Robert Gates3

Leon Panetta

Chuck Hagel

Dec 1, 2008

Apr 28, 2011

Jan 7, 2013

 

June 9, 2011

Jan 31, 2013

 

May 26, 2011

Jan 22, 2013

 

Jun 21, 2011

Feb 26, 2013

 

100-0 No. 93

58-41 No. 24

Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan

Dec 15, 2008

Jan 13, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

voice vote

Secretary of Energy

Steven Chu

Ernest Moniz

Dec 11, 2008

Mar 4, 2013

Jan 13, 2009

Apr 9, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Mar 7, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

May 16, 2013

voice vote

97-0 No. 127

Secretary of Health & Human Services

Tom Daschle4

Kathleen Sebelius

Dec 11, 2008

Mar 2, 2009

Jan 8, 2009

Mar 31, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Mar 17, 2009

 

Apr 28, 2009

 

65-31  

No. 172

Secretary of Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano

Jeh Johnson

Dec 1, 2008

Oct 18, 2013

Jan 15, 2009

Nov 13, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Oct. 28, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Dec 16, 2013

voice vote

78-16 No. 276

Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

Shaun Donovan

Dec 13, 2008

Jan 13, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 22, 2009

voice vote

Secretary of Interior

Ken Salazar

Sally Jewell

Dec 17, 2008

Feb 6, 2013

Jan 15, 2009

Mar 7, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Feb 7, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Apr 10, 2013

voice vote

87-11 No. 94

Secretary of Labor

Hilda Solis

Thomas Perez

Dec 19, 2008

Mar 18, 2013

Jan 9, 2009

Apr 18, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Mar 19, 2013

Feb 24, 2009

July 18, 2013

80-17 No. 66

54-46 No. 178

Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton

John Kerry

Dec 1, 2008

Dec 21, 2012

Jan 13, 2009

Jan 24, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 22, 2013

Jan 21, 2009

Jan 29, 2013

94-2 No. 6

94-3 No. 5

Secretary of Transportation

Ray LaHood

Anthony Foxx

Dec 19, 2008

Apr 29, 2013

Jan 21, 2009

May 22, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

May 7, 2013

Jan 22, 2009

Jun 27, 2013

voice vote

100-0 No. 165

Secretary of Treasury

Timothy Geithner

Jack Lew

Nov 24, 2008

Jan 10, 2013

Jan 21, 2009

Feb 13, 2013

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 22, 2013

Jan 26, 2009

Feb 27, 2013

60-34 No. 15

71-26 No. 25

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Eric Shinseki

Dec 7, 2008

Jan 14, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

voice vote

1. Withdrawn January 4, 2009.

2. Withdrawn February 12, 2009.

3. Continued from the previous administration.

4. Message of withdrawal received in the Senate on February 9, 2009.


For historic cabinet nomination information, see the table Cabinet Nominations, 1977-2008 (pdf).