President-elect Obama is quickly assembly his Administration, this week nominating several people to top posts, including Sen. Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. Late on Friday, National Public Radio announced that Sen. Clinton accepted the Secretary of State position.
NPR also reported that Timothy Geitner was tapped, and accepted the Secretary of Treasury position, and that Bill Richardson has been offered, and accepted the Commerce Secretary position.
Other appointments include Sen. Tom Daschle for Secretary of Health and Human Services; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Secretary of Homeland Security and Eric Holder for Attorney General.
Names being circulated for Secretary of Agriculture are former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack; Tom Buis, president of the National Farmers’ Union; former Rep. Jim Leach, (R-Iowa); and former Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas).
The National Pork Producers Council has some specific concerns related to some names being floated out. Specifically of concern to NPPC, under consideration to head the Environmental Protection Agency are Waterkeeper Alliance founder Robert Kennedy Jr., Kathleen McGinty, former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Clinton Administration; Mary Nichols, with the California Air Resources Board; and Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.
Names floated as the next ambassador for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative include Lael Brainard, vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution; Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; Richard Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a former Deputy USTR; and Laura Tyson, professor at the University of California- Berkeley and a former member of the National Economic Council and President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration.