Today, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn as the 45th President of the United States of America. With his cabinet picks currently being vetted by the U.S. Senate, we take a look at some of the diversity within it’s ranks.To better understand what we can expect when it comes to diversity under the Trump administration, let’s review the list of Trump’s cabinet pick.
- Nimrata ‘Nikki’ Haley, UN Ambassador – Haley has served as the Governor of South Carolina since 2011. She is the daughter of Indian immigrants and is considered by many to be the new face the ‘younger’ and ‘more diverse’ Republican Party. In 2015, after the mass shooting and killing at a predominatly Black church in South, Haley lead the push to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in the city of Columbia, SC.
- Elisabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos, Education Secretary – DeVos is a well-known businesswoman from the state of Michigan. DeVos served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997, and chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. She is a considered to be one of creators of the city of Detroit’s charter school system.
- Kathleen Troia McFarland, Deputy National Security Adviser – McFarland has served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 1982 to 1985 under the Reagan administration and received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1985, the Defense Department’s highest civilian.
- Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid – According to the NPR, Verma “…worked closely with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to design Indiana’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, went into effect early last year, and Verma’s involvement in it may prove important as Congress and the Trump administration, including the Vice-president elect, make decisions on the future of Obamacare.”
- Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary – Chao was the first Asian American and Taiwanese woman to serve in a Cabinet position under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2009 as the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
- Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Department – Carson is a well-known surgeon and former Republican candidate for President of the US.
- Linda McMahon, Small Business Administration – McManhon served as the President of the World Wrestling Entertainment from 1989 to 2009. During that time, the company grew from a small regional business in the North East to a large multinational corporation.