Welcome to Ballotpedia’s Transition Tracker
November 19, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election. The Electoral College will meet on December 14, 2020, to vote for the next president of the United States.
In 2016, there were 1,714 government positions subject to presidential appointment: 1,242 positions required Senate confirmation and 472 did not. Every weekday, Ballotpedia is tracking potential Cabinet nominees, appointments, and news related to the Biden presidential transition.
- Politico reported that infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci is expected to continue his role in the Biden administration.They added that it was unclear whether Trump coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx would be retained. Céline Gounder, a member of Biden’s COVID-19 advisory team, said, “It’s complicated. It’s almost like she herself has been politicized.”
- Biden and Harris will discuss the coronavirus pandemic response in a virtual meeting with the bipartisan National Governors Association’s executive committee on Thursday.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) was nominated to continue to lead Democrats in the House on Wednesday. A full House vote will take place in early January. Biden spoke with Pelosi, saying that “he looks forward to working with her and Democratic leadership in the House on a shared agenda to get COVID-19 under control and build our economy back better.”
- The Hill reported the following officials were candidates to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): longtime BLM official Steve Ellis, Audubon Society lawyer Nada Culver, and former BLM director Neil Kornze.
- Biden discussed the importance of the Georgia Senate runoffs in a private video call on Wednesday. He said, “We’re going to run into some real brick walls initially in the Senate unless we’re able to turn around Georgia and pick up those two seats, but even then it’s going to be hard.”
- CBS News called Tony Blinken, Biden’s campaign adviser on global issues, the frontrunner for secretary of state.
What We’re Reading
- Chicago Tribune: The transfer of presidential power — it’s long been a messy affair
- CNN: ‘It’s a terrible situation’: Inside a government bureaucrat’s pressure-filled decision to delay the transition
- Politico: Biden mounts lobbying blitz to crack GOP resistance to his transition
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