Wednesday, December 17, 2008

salazar, vilsack chosen for obama cabinet

The president-elect made two new cabinet announcements today -- former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has been appointed as secretary of agriculture, and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar was tapped for secretary of the interior.
"Together, they will serve as guardians of the American landscape on which the health of our economy and the well-being of our families so heavily depend," Obama said in introducing Salazar and Vilsack as his latest Cabinet picks. "How we harness our natural resources, from the farmlands of Iowa to the springs of Colorado, will speak not only to our quality of life, but to our economic growth and our energy future."
Obama made several other Cabinet announcements this week -- the superintendent of public schools in Chicago, Arne Duncan, will be secretary of education, and an entire energy and climate team was announced in anticipation for combating global warming.

Obama, promising to address global warming and energy sources, formally named the rest of his team today: physics Nobel laureate Dr. Steven Chu as his Energy Secretary; Lisa Jackson as his Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Nancy Sutley as his chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Carol Browner as assistant to the president for Energy and Climate Change, a new post.

At the beginning of the month, the president-elect rolled out his national security team. He has also made appointments to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Commerce.

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