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  • Martel Sharpe

Black Men Who Have Received Appointments to the Biden Administration

As President-elect Joe Biden continues to build his administration, many people are pleased that he has kept his promise to ensure that Black people and other minorities get top positions within the United States Government.

Acknowledging the support that he received from the African American community, Biden has nine African Americans to his cabinet so far; four men and five women. However, most of the names require confirmations.

We’ve provided you a brief overview of the men who are expected to join the Biden Administration in 2021.

Cedric Richmond, Director, Office of Public Engagement (No Confirmation Needed)

Former a U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional until November 2020, Richmond also served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was named the first national co-chairman of the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign in 2019 and named a co-chair of Biden's presidential transition.

Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense (confirmation needed)


A retired four-star Army general, Austin served as the first Black commander of United States Central Command. After retiring in 2016, he joined the board of Raytheon Technologies as a military contractor. Following Austin's appointment by President-elect Biden, he received statements of support from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Michael Regan, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (confirmation needed)

A former air quality specialist in the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Regan is an American environmental regulator serving as the secretary of North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality since 2017.