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All the President's Men and Women

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3: Shaun Donovan Secretary of Housing and Urban Development | Aims to create a decent, safe, and sanitary home and living environment for every America; is responsible for home ownership programs, providing housing assistance for low income persons, helping the homeless, and promoting growth and development in distressed neighborhoods. | He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and has continued that effort in the Obama Administration.The agency has instituted reforms that have solidified the Federal Housing Administration’s financial position and protected the taxpayer against risk, while still preserving FHA’s mission of providing responsible access to homeownership. | On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

5: Janet Napolitano | Secretary of Homeland Security | Works to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism,and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters. | Janet Napolitano was sworn in on January 21, 2009 as the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. | As Governor, she implemented one of the first state homeland security strategies in the nation, opened the first state counter-terrorism center and spearheaded efforts to transform immigration enforcement.

6: Ray LaHood | Secretary of Transportation

7: The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation, a member of the President's Cabinet, and fourteenth in the Presidential line of succession | The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation, a member of the President's Cabinet, and fourteenth in the Presidential line of succession. | Ensures a fast safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system. This includes transportation of people and goods by car, plane, train, and ship. It is also responsible for maintaining the Federal highway system. | The post was created with the formation of the Department of Transportation on October 15, 1966, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Transportation Act

9: Arne Duncan | Establishes guidelines and provides leadership to address America education; helps local communities meet the needs of their students;helps individuals pay for college and prepare for employment | Secretary of Education | Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supported the global education and language learning trend in American schools. Echoing President Obama, Duncan said international education and innovation are the "currency of the 21st century." | The Education Secretary, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, believes that language learning and exchanges are urgently needed if the United States is to continue to lead in the global economy. "[Language capacity] help bring security and stability to the world; and to build stronger and more productive ties with our neighbors."

11: Secretary of the Treasury | Timothy Geithner | Formulates and recommends economic, financial, tax, and fiscal policies; serves as financial agent for the US Government; enforces the law; and manufactures coins and currency. | U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stopped by San Francisco Thursday to discuss the country's economic relationship with China just a week before he heads to Beijing for a strategic talk on national and global fiscal issues. | In a prepared speech Geithner emphasized that solutions to economic problems in the U.S. are connected to China and other global markets but are "the result of the choices we make in the United States--not the choices of others." | A second objective focused on cooperating with China on international economic and financial issues, essentially creating a united front on issues such as the global financial crisis in 2008 or the ongoing financial crisis in Europe.

13: Holder Eric | Attorney General | Enforces and defends the Federal laws of the United States by preventing and controlling crime, seeking just punishment for those guilty unlawful behavior; and enforcing the Nation's immigration laws | U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continues to stonewall Congressional investigators over Operation Fast and Furious | Congress wants to know the origin, scope, scale, nature and timing of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ illegal gun running program. | A program that facilitated the illegal sale of over 2000 U.S. gun store guns to members of Mexican drug cartels; some of whom used the weapons to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Immigrations and Custom Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata and an unknown number of Mexican citizens

15: Jay Carney | Press Secretary | Collects information about happenings inside the Administration, within the country, and around the world and disseminates that information to the media in a timely fashion; acts as the voice of the administration by fielding questions from the White House Press Corps. | The Press Secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and issues the administration's reactions to developments around the world. | During the United States's early years, the White House staff or various White House Offices were not as robust as they are today and there was not a single designated staff person or office responsible for managing the relationship between the President and the growing number of journalists and media entities that were covering him

17: Tom Vilsack | Secretary of Agriculture | Ensures a safe,affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply;cares for agriculture, forest, and range lands; supports the development of rural communities; and provides economic development for farmers and rural residents | Goals of the Department of Agriculture: to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, to promote agricultural trade and production, to assure food safety, to protect natural resources not protected by the Interior Department, to foster rural communities and to end hunger in America and abroad. | Placed in an orphanage, he was adopted one year later. After spending his childhood in Pittsburgh, he attended Hamilton College in New York, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He went on the Albany Law School, earning his JD in 1975. | In 1998 he won the governorship of Iowa by a slim margin, a position he held until January 2007. In the most recent election, Vilsack briefly ran for president; after dropping out he supported Hillary Clinton, but quickly and vocally supported Barack Obama after the primaries.

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19: Hilda Solis | Secretary of Labor | Oversees the interests of US workers by protecting workers wages, health and safety employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; and administering job training; unemployment insurance, and workers compensation | The private sector added 57,000 jobs, but federal, state and local governments cut a combined 39,000 positions, resulting in a total gain of 18,000 non-farm payroll jobs last month. The national unemployment rate edged up to 9.2 percent.

21: Steven Chu | Secretary of Energy | At the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (ARPA-E means Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), the U.S. secretary of energy Steven Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funds for clean tech research in fields related to energy. | Researches and develops reliable energy systems that are friendly to environment, but are no too expensive; also responsible for the Nation's nuclear energy and weapons technologies | Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger was the first Secretary of Energy, who was a Republican nominated to the post by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, the only time a president has appointed someone of another party to the post. | Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger was the first Secretary of Energy, who was a Republican nominated to the post by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, the only time a president has appointed someone of another party to the post.

23: Kathleen Sebelius | Secretary of Health and Human Services | Protects the health of all Americans and provides essential human services; duties include conducting medical research, preventing the outbreak of diseases, assuring the safety of food and drugs; administering financial assistance for low income families; protecting against child and domestic abuse; and protecting against drug abuse. | We are thrilled that in record time, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID) will be added to the 29 disorders on the core panel for universal screening of all newborns in the United States. | In January, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorder in Newborns and Children recommended to the Secretary that SCID be added to the core panel. And now, SCID is the first disorder nominated by the committee to be added to the core panel of disorders since its founding in 2003. SCID is a primary immunodeficiency disease, commonly known as bubble boy disease.

25: Ken Salazay | Secretary of the Interior | Oversees national conservation efforts and is responsible for most of our nationally owned public lands, natural resources, and wildlife. | The US Department of the Interior should not be confused with the concept of Ministries of the Interior as used in other countries. Ministries of the Interior correspond primarily to the Department of Homeland Security in the US cabinet and secondarily to the Department of Justice | the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the western United States,[1] the Secretary of the Interior has typically come from a western state; only one of the individuals to hold the office since 1949 is not identified with a state lying west of the Mississippi River.

27: Gary Locke | Secretary of Commerce | Promotes economic, business, and job opportunities for all Americans; is responsible for all copyrights, patents, and trademarks. It also plays a major role in Federal government matters related to oceans, weather, and technology. | At the Department of Commerce, Locke is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. In particular, Locke is the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, which seeks to double U.S. exports by 2015, in support of several million American jobs. | Locke has co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy, helping to level the playing field for U.S. businesses exporting to and operating in China.

29: Jacob Lew | Chief of Staff | Selects and manages the white house staff; manages the flow of information the President; advises the President and protects his or her interests | Jack Lew is currently serving as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position he previously held from 1998 to 2001 | Before joining the State Department, Lew served as managing director and chief operating officer of Citi Global Wealth Management and then Citi Alternative Investments (CAI).

31: Hillary Clinton | Secretary of State | Handles foreign affairs and relationships with other nations: makes recommendations on foreign policy, negotiates treaties, speaks for the dUnited States in the United Nations, and represents the United States at international conferences. | Advises the President on matters relating to U.S. foreign policy, including the appointment of diplomatic representatives to other nations, and on the acceptance or dismissal of representatives from other nations. | Participates in high-level negotiations with other countries, either bilaterally or as part of an international conference or organization, or appoints representatives to do so.

33: Leon E. Panatta | Secretary of defense | Provides the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve Forces are part of this Department. | Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community | Mr. Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. | He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal.

35: Erick. Shinsek | Secretary of Veterans Affairs | Acts as the principal advocate for veterans and their families ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials recognizing their service. | The first Secretary of Veteran's Affairs was Edward Derwinski, who assumed the office in 1989. To date, all six appointees and four acting appointees have been United States military veterans, but that is not a requirement

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