Hillary Clinton steps out onto the West Front of the the United States Capitol with her husband on January 20, 2017, to be inaugurated as the first woman President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton was inaugurated as President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The inauguration, which was attended by more people than Obama's first inauguration in 2009, was as usual a grand event, although the preponderance of wealthy donors and campaign insiders amongst the attendees at the festivities was cause for criticism from progressives and others on the left, as well as some Republicans, who took particular aim at the large "contributions" required for general attendees to be in a position where they could merely see the new President in person. For the most part, however, most coverage was highly positive, focusing on what was without doubt a historic event.
President of the United States:
Hillary Rodham Clinton (Dem-NY)
Vice President of the United States:
Julian Castro (Dem-TX)
Shortly after her inauguration-- Hillary announced her nominees to the Cabinet:
|Secretary of State: |
Wendy Sherman (?)
|Secretary of the Treasury:|
Peter R. Orzsag (Dem-MA)
Originally, Hillary's preferred choice to Treasury had been Lawrence Summers, who had occupied the post before during Bill Clinton's presidency. Summers had faced progressive opposition when it was rumored Obama would appoint him Fed Chairman in 2013. By the end of January 2017 no fewer than 7 Democratic Senators had declared they would not vote for Summers. As a result, Summers- who had never been officially been declared as a potential nominee- did not get the not, which instead went to Peter Orszag, formerly of Citibank, who had served as Director of the OMB under Obama.
|Secretary of Defense:|
Ashton Carter (Dem-PA)
The last Secretary of Defense in the Obama Administration, Carter was retained by the incoming Administration. This was due in no small part to the personal ties between Carter and Clinton- a factor crucial in the selection of most members of the Clinton cabinet; Carter had served in the Pentagon during Bill Clinton's administration, had supported Hillary in 2007, and had worked alongside her during her stint in the State Department. The pick of Carter was widely seen as signaling continuity in defense policy, something that had been expected.
Beth Nolan (Dem-MD)
Bill Clinton's last White House Counsel, Nolan more recently served as General Counsel for the George Washington University. A long-standing supporter of Hillary, she was seen as a reliable choice to head the Department of Justice
|Secretary of the Interior: |
|Secretary of Agriculture:|
Blanche Lincoln (Dem-AK)
A long time Clinton supporter, the former Senator was given the post in what was widely seen as a show of gratitude.
|Secretary of Commerce:|
Gene Sperling (Dem-MI)
Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, lately of Pimco, Sterling is yet another Clinton insider. The appointment to Commerce suggests that that Department will have a higher profile in the Clinton administration than it has in the past
|Secretary of Labor:|
Teresa Ghilarducci (Dem-IN)
An academic and labor expert who taught at Notre Dame and was a trustee for several labor unions' pension funds, Ghilarducci became a close advisor to the 2016 campaign on labor and retirement issues. Having served on several government boards and in advisory posts, Ghilarducci's experience with government affairs meant that there was little opposition to her appointment.
|Secretary of Health and Human Services:|
|Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:|
Sarah Rosen Wartell (D-VA)
An academic expert with the Center for American Progress, director of the Urban Institute, and close ties to John Podesta
|Secretary of Transportation:|
Having been widely considered a candidate for the post under Obama, Villaraigosa's record as Mayor of Los Angeles made him another top contender. A co-chairman of Hillary's campaign in 2008, his close ties to the Clintons made him an easy choice for the new cabinet.
|Secretary of Homeland Security:|
Jane Harman (?)
|Secretary of Energy:|
|Secretary of Education:|
|Secretary of Veterans' Affairs:|
Tammy Duckworth (Dem-IL)
Having narrowly lost to Mark Kirk in her bid for the Senate in November 2016, Duckworth, a former Army Lieutenant Colonel and Iraq War veteran, had to leave Congress at the start of the new session. A former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Secretary in the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, Duckworth, however, was highly experienced in that field and thus a natural choice for Veterans' Affairs, despite having been a vocal member of the House Benghazi Committee and criticised Clinton's conduct with her personal emails. The appointment was thus seen as an attempt to placate those who condemned the preponderance of "Clinton insiders" in the Cabinet.
White House Chief of Staff:
Huma Abedin (Dem-NY)
National Security Advisor:
Michele Flournoy (Dem-MA)
Senior Advisor to the President:
John Podesta (Dem-IL)
White House Press Secretary:
Jennifer Palmieri (Dem-NY)