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President-elect Joe Biden seeks diverse Cabinet to ‘look like America’ in

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holds hands with President-elect Joe Biden and her husband Doug Emhoff as they celebrate Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

President-elect Joe Biden campaigned to have a government as diverse as America. After 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president, Biden now has an opportunity to tap a broad range of government officials and policy experts to lead the federal departments.

Biden’s campaign declined to discuss prospects for Cabinet posts, saying those decisions would wait until after the election. But speculation during the final weeks of the campaign ranged from former officials from President Barack Obama’s administration to former rivals in the Democratic primaries and even Republicans.

Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, told supporters at an Oct. 17 fundraiser that Biden’s Cabinet would reflect the country, with women and people of color in leadership positions.

In a June 10 column in USA TODAY, Biden said: “Across the board – from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president’s Cabinet – we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America.”

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