As the rough beast that is Campaign 2016 slouches toward Election Day, gossip abounds and speculation is high as to how each candidate will fill out their cabinet. Here are some of our potential drafts. Please check back with us frequently as we will be updating this page regularly as the election draws nearer.
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
Potential Clinton Picks
Lael Brainard – Member of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors
- She served as the U.S. Under Secretary for the Treasury for International Affairs in the Obama administration
- She was the highest ranking female Treasury official in American history until 2014
- Brainard was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the vice president of the Global Economy and Development program there
- She has donated $2,700 to the Clinton campaign
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
- In 2012, she was elected to serve on the Facebook board of directors, becoming the first woman to serve on the board
- She was the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google
- She was the chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers from 1996 until 2001
Gary Gensler – Chief Financial Officer of Clinton campaign
- He was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Obama until 2014
- He led the initiative on derivatives oversight and helped write the rules about implementing Dodd Frank
- Gensler was Undersecretary of the United States Treasury for domestic finance and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
- He worked at Goldman Sachs where he was the Co-head of Finance
Potential Trump Picks
Carl Icahn – Investor and Entrepeneur
- Carl Icahn is the founder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company based in New York City
- He is the Chairman of Federal- Mogul, an American manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components
- Forbes has listed Icahn as one of 40 highest earning hedge fund managers
- He buys stock in companies and agitates for change such as stock buyback programs; He was instrumental in pushing Apple to increase its stock buyback program
- He bought Trans World Airlines stock in 1985 and privatized the airline; He sold the London route of the airline in 1991 which led to bankruptcy a year later
Steven Mnuchin – Finance Chair of Trump campaign
- Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs until 2002
- He briefly worked for Soros Fund Management and Sears
- He founded RatPac-Dune Entertaiment which has produced notable films such as the X-men and Avatar
- He bought housing lender IndyMac and renamed it to One West after the 2008 financial crisis
Jeb Hensarling – Member of Congress
- Hensarling is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Texas’s 5th Congressional district
- He is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
- He was State Director for Texas Senator Phil Gramm in the 1980s
- He served as chairman of Green Mountain Energy from 1999 to 2001
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Potential Clinton picks:
Ray Kelly – Former NYPD Commissioner
- Fifty years in public service, including fourteen years as police commissioner of the City of New York
- Was considered in 2013 as a top contender for DHS Secretary when Janet Napolitano left the position
- Created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country
- Served as senior managing director of global corporate security at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.; commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service; and for over 30 years in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Juliette Kayyem – Former DHS Assistant Secretary and Mass Homeland Security Advisor
- Respected on both sides of the aisle as one of the brightest minds on counter terrorism
- Serves as a Clinton Campaign advisor on National Security
- Served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security where she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency.
- Served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor guiding regional planning and the state’s first interoperability plan, and overseeing the National Guard; also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.
Potential Trump picks:
Rudy Giuliani – Former Mayor of New York City
- Best known for his leadership as Mayor of New York City following the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001
- In 2008, he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, but dropped out after finishing a distant third in the Florida primary
- Has served as a surrogate and advisor to the Trump campaign since the Republican Convention
Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff
- Has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters from the beginning.
- Served in the U.S. Army from 1950-53, then worked as a federal narcotics agent, concluding his federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona
- Became Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992, and has been reelected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms.
- In August, 1993, he started the nation’s largest Tent City for convicted inmates, and is famous for his unconventional and controversial policies
Potential Clinton Picks:
Mary Nichols- Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board
- A front runner the last time the EPA Adminstrator position opened up under Obama
- Current Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007
- Has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California’s Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles
- Priorities include moving ahead on CA’s landmark climate change program (AB 32), curbing diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.
Daniel Etsy – Former Head of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University since 1994; holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools with a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management; directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the advisory board of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale which he founded in 2006
- From 2011 to 2014, served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Has written or edited ten books and numerous articles on sustainability and environmental issues and the relationships between environmental protection and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, metrics, governance, and development.
Potential Trump Picks:
The Republican platform calls for turning the EPA into a commission, and Donald Trump has stated repeatedly he would eliminate the EPA.
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
Potential Clinton picks:
- Elected the governor of Virginia in 2013.
- Long time Democratic political operative; entered politics at the age of 23 as the national finance director for Jimmy Carter.
- Democratic National Committee chairman from 2000-2005; co-chaired President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign for reelection and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign. In 2013, he was elected governor of Virginia.
- He and wife Dorothy have five children.
- Served as CEO of eBay for 10 years; tapped to run computer giant Hewlett-Packard in 2010
- Has held high-profile positions for Procter & Gamble, Bain & Company, Disney, StrideRite, FTD, and Hasbro.’
- Bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, MBA from Harvard
- Ran a largely self-funded campaign in 2009 for Governor of California, lost to Jerry Brown
- Has two adult sons, lives with her longtime husband, Griff, in Atherton, California.
Potential Trump picks:
- Currently a Republican Senator from Georgia; first elected in 2014
- Has 40 years of business experience, including holding senior positions at Sara Lee, Haggar, Dollar General, Reebok, and other companies.
- Trustee and Treasurer of the Georgia Tech Foundation
- He and wife Bonnie have two sons and two grandsons.
- Has held senior positions at AT&T, Lucent, and Hewlett-Packard.
- Has served as a commentator for Fox News and as a consultant to the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.
- Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Barbara Boxer in California in 2010; unsuccessfully sought Republican nomination for President in 2015-2016.
- She is married to Frank Fiorina and has two stepdaughters.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Clinton’s Potential Picks:
While the status quo – keeping Obama’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter – is certainly an option, early indications point to Clinton looking elsewhere.
Ms. Michele Flournoy
- Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
- Worked under U.S. Secretaries for Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta; was highest ranking female in DoD history
- Currently a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; also on Board of Directors for the Center for a New American Security
Sen. Jack Reed
- Currently Senator from Rhode Island; has served in Congress since 1990
- Most Senior Democrat on Senate Armed Services Committee
- Has been mentioned as a potential Defense Secretary in the past – has always declined
Donald Trump’s Potential Picks:
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
- Currently retired
- Served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014; retired in 2014 due to clashes with superiors over his management style and vision for the agency
- Began his Army service in 1980s
- Served in several intelligence roles including in Afghanistan and Iraq
- Because the Secretary of Defense must be seven years removed from active duty as commissioned officer, Congress would need to issue a waiver if Flynn was nominated
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter
- Currently a Congressman from California, and serves on House Armed Services Committee
- Was one of the first Members of Congress to endorse Trump for President
- Quit his job the day after 9/11 and joined the Marine Corps
- Served in Iraq; discharged from active duty but remained in the Marine Corps reserve and was recalled in 2007 he was recalled to serve in Afghanistan
- First combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives