By Mitchell Agredano
Vice-President: Mike Pence is the former governor of Indiana and served as Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election. Pence prides himself for being a devout evangelical Christian who strongly opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, positions he will continue to express as vice-president.
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson is the former CEO of the oil company, Exxon Mobil. He was selected as the Secretary of State by Trump for his experience as a businesswoman dealing with foreign governments.
Supreme Court Nominee: Neil Gorsuch is currently an American federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In past decisions, Gorsuch has shown support for the use of the death penalty. However, Gorsuch has never explicitly stated his opinions on other highly controversial issues such as the accessibility of firearms, same-sex marriage, or abortion, but due to his other conservative opinions, it can be assumed he wouldn’t support same-sex marriage, abortion, and restrictions to purchase firearms.
Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos is the former chairwoman of the state party in Michigan and has received strong Republican support from those who believe schools should be reformed, especially those who favor both expanding charter schools and vouchers. Private school voucher allows parents to use public funds to pay for some or all of their child’s private school tuition.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Dr. Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but eventually dropped from the race. His experiences from growing up poor in Detroit could serve him useful in the department of HUD.
Department of Energy: Rick Perry is the former governor of Texas who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Trump chose Perry for the position because of his experience in Texas which is an energy-filled state which would make him a natural fit. However, it will be interesting to see how he fits into the position considering he will be primarily responsible for designing and protecting the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons.
White House Chief Strategist: Steve Bannon is a former executive chair of Brietbart News, a conservative news, opinion, and commentary website. He then became Trump’s chief executive officer in his presidential election and officially resigned from Brietbart News after Trump won election. Bannon is often labeled the “Second Most Powerful Man in the World” for his powerful influence in the White House.