President Barack Obama is heading into a second term with some new faces in his Cabinet. The Cabinet includes the Vice President, the Attorney General and the heads of 15 executive departments. They play a key role in advising the President. Some current Cabinet members will keep their spots, but many changes are expected.
At least three Cabinet members are likely to stay: Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. But Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has resigned. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu plan to step down.
Obama has nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State. "He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said of Kerry, who has served in the Senate since 1985.
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has been nominated to run the Pentagon as Defense Secretary. He will work with the new director of the CIA, John Brennan. The President has asked his White House chief of staff, Jacob "Jack" Lew, to be Treasury Secretary. In order for the Cabinet nominees to take their spots, they must be confirmed by Senate vote.
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