Trump’s Cabinet picks: A rundown of upcoming hearings – Politico (blog)

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Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, has one of the earliest nomination hearings on January 10. | Getty

January is poised to be a volatile month that’s jam-packed with Senate committee hearings to approve President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. Here is a look at the nominees and their upcoming hearing schedules.

Week of Jan. 9

Position: Housing and Urban Development secretary
Nominee: Ben Carson
Background: Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival
Committee: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Confirmation Hearings: Sen. Mike Crapo is planning to hold a hearing next week
Recent Coverage:
Trump picks Ben Carson to be HUD secretary
Carson’s nonexistent governing experience? Not a problem
Ben Carson: My mom kept us out of public housing to avoid ‘danger’

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Position: Attorney general
Nominee: Sen. Jeff Sessions
Background: Alabama Republican Congressman
Committee: Senate Judiciary
Confirmation Hearings: Jan. 10 and 11. More here.
Recent Coverage:
Sessions confirmation hearing dates announced
Sessions looks like a lock for confirmation
7 big areas where Jeff Sessions could change policy at DOJ

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Position: Education secretary
Nominee: Betsy DeVos
Background: Billionaire, philanthropist, Republican megadonor
Committee: Senate HELP
Confirmation hearings: Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. in 430 Dirksen. More here.
Recent Coverage:
Trump selects DeVos as Education secretary
Senate Democrats to portray DeVos as public school enemy
DeVos heads into confirmation with a megadonor’s advantage

Position: Transportation secretary
Nominee: Elaine Chao
Background: Former Labor Secretary under the George W. Bush administration, deputy secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush, member of Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council for the campaign, married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Committee: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Confirmation Hearings: Jan. 11 10:15 a.m. in Senate Russell, Room 253. More here.
Recent Coverage:
Elaine Chao tapped to be Trump’s Transportation secretary

Position: Homeland Security secretary
Nominee: John Kelly
Background: Retired Marine general, former U.S. Southern Command chief
Committee: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Confirmation hearings: Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. in SD-342 Dirksen. More here.
Recent Coverage:
Trump officially picks John Kelly to lead DHS
Trump’s DHS pick could be a ‘force for moderation’
Why Trump is so obsessed with generals

Position: Secretary of State
Nominee: Rex Tillerson
Background: CEO of Exxon Mobil
Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
Confirmation Hearings: Jan. 11
Recent Coverage:
Trump taps Tillerson for secretary of state
Why Trump picked Rex Tillerson
Tillerson to face off with McCain this week

Week of Jan. 16

Position: Labor secretary
Nominee: Andy Puzder
Background: CEO of CKE Restaurants, which include the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain
Committee: Senate HELP
Confirmation Hearings: The week of Jan. 16
Recent Coverage:
Trump chooses Puzder as labor secretary
The hidden powers Andy Puzder would hold at the Department of Labor

TBD

Position: Health and Human Services secretary
Nominee: Rep. Tom Price
Background: Georgia Republican Congressman, House Budget Chairman
Committee: Senate Finance
Confirmation Hearings: TBD, the HELP Committee is tentatively set to hold a confirmation hearing on Jan. 18. This is a courtesy.
Recent Coverage:
Price picked to lead HHS
Tom Price’s radically conservative vision for American health care

Position: Treasury secretary
Nominee: Steven Mnuchin
Background: Former Goldman Sachs executive, Trump’s national finance chair for the campaign
Committee: Senate Finance
Confirmation Hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump to pick Mnuchin for Treasury secretary
4 big areas where Steven Mnuchin could change policy at Treasury
America’s New Dealmakers-in-Chief

Position: Secretary of Defense
Nominee: James Mattis
Background: Retired U.S. Marine Corps general
Committee: Senate Armed Services
Confirmation Hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump picks General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defense secretary
Democrats talk up the one Trump nomination they can torpedo
Hagel worries Mattis might eclipse Joint Chiefs
9 unforgettable quotes by James Mattis

Position: Commerce secretary
Nominee: Wilbur Ross
Background: Billionaire private-equity investor, founder of the private equity firm WL Ross & Co.
Committee: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Confirmation Hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump to pick billionaire Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary
Wilbur Ross’ questionnaire reveals little on potential conflicts of interest
Wilbur Ross’s Chinese Love Affair

Position: Interior Secretary
Nominee: Rep. Ryan Zinke
Background: Montana Republican Congressman, former U.S. Navy SEAL commander
Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Confirmation hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump selects Zinke as Interior secretary
Trump’s Interior pick lifts outdoors groups

Position: Energy Secretary
Nominee: Rick Perry
Background: Former governor of Texas
Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Confirmation hearing: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump picks Perry to lead Energy Department he once vowed to kill
The selling of Rick Perry’s smarts
Quick facts on Rick Perry, Trump’s pick for secretary of Energy

Position: Environmental Protection Agency administrator
Nominee: Scott Pruitt
Background: Oklahoma Attorney General
Committee: Senate Environment and Public Works
Confirmation Hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump officially picks Oklahoma AG Pruitt to lead EPA
Obama’s mighty EPA falls into Pruitt’s hands
Democrats press EPA pick Pruitt on energy sector ties

Position: Ambassador to the United Nations
Nominee: Nikki Haley
Background: Governor of South Carolina
Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
Confirmation hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump taps Nikki Haley to be U.N. ambassador
Haley shocked by Trump’s interest
The Mainstreaming of Nikki Haley

Position: Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Nominee: Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Background: South Carolina Republican Congressman
Committee: Senate Budget
Confirmation hearings: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Mulvaney tapped to lead Trump’s budget office

Position: U.S. trade representative
Nominee: Robert Lighthizer
Background: Trade attorney, former deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan
Committee: Senate Finance
Confirmation hearing: TBD
Recent Coverage:
Trump picks Lighthizer to serve as U.S. trade representative
Trump poised to weaken trade agency

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