President Clinton’s Cabinet 1996-97

The tables on this page show the composition of President Bill Clinton’s first-term Cabinet and his nominations for his second term starting in 1997.

The information about the history of Cabinet positions has been sourced from “Governing by Consent – An Introduction to American Politics”, John F. Bibby, Congressional Quarterly, 1992, p478.

President Clinton’s Cabinet – 1996 and 1997
Department Year Established Notes 1996 1997
State
1789
Originally named Department of Foreign Affairs but redesignated Department of State in 1789
Warren Christopher
Madeleine Albright
Treasury
1789
Expanded through a subsequent series of statutes
Robert E. Rubin
Robert E. Rubin
Interior
1849
Created by the merger of the General Land Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pension Office, and Patent Office
Bruce Babbitt
Bruce Babbitt
Agriculture
1862
Originally administered by a commissioner, the department saw its powers expand in 1889
Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman
Justice
1870
Before 1870 the attorney general was a cabinet officer but not head of a department
Janet Reno
Janet Reno
Labor
1913
Originally a bureau within the Department of Interior, it became an independent department in 1913
Robert B. Reich
Alexis Herman
Commerce
1913
Designated a department when the Department of Commerce and Labor, created in 1903, was reorganised
Mickey Kantor
William Daley
Defence
1949
After several reorganisations, the original Departments of War (1789) and Navy (1798) were merged into the Department of Defence
William J. Perry
William Cohen
Health and Human Services
1953
Established as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare but redesignated Health and Human Services when Education was made a separate department in 1979
Donna E. Shalala
Donna E. Shalala
Housing and Urban Development
1965
Created by combining agencies responsible for housing, including the Housing and Home Finance Agency, with those involved in urban development
Henry G. Cisneros
Andrew Cuomo
Transportation
1966
Created out of eight existing agencies
Federico F. Pena
Rodney Slater
Energy
1977
Created by transferring existing energy agencies and bureaus to the new department
Hazel R. O’Leary
Federico F. Pena
Education
1979
Originally the Office of Education in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Richard W. Riley
Richard W. Riley
Veterans Affairs
1988
Created by elevating the Veterans Administration to cabinet-level status
Jesse Brown
Jesse Brown


Other Appointments – 1997
Position/Office Notes 1996 Incumbent 1997 Nominee
Chief of Staff
Leon Panetta
Erskine W. Bowles
Director of Office of Management and Budget
Franklin D. Raines
Franklin D. Raines
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Chief Economic Adviser
Joseph Stiglitz
Janet Yellen
United Nations Ambassador
This position has Cabinet-level status by presidential fiat
Madeleine Albright
Bill Richardson
Small Business Administration Director
This position has Cabinet-level status by presidential fiat
Phil Lader
Aida Alvarez
Domestic Policy Adviser
Carol Rasco
Bruce Reed
Special Envoy to Latin America
McLarty will also have a seat on the National Economic Council
Mack McLarty
White House Counsel
Jack Quinn


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