As President-elect Donald Trump begins his transition to the White House, one of his first (and most important) moves will be to choose his Cabinet. With the help of soon-to-be vice president Mike Pence and a team of consultants, lobbyists, and other experts, Trump is set to fill several key posts in the coming weeks — including that of the Secretary of the Commerce. So who will Trump's Secretary of Commerce be? Here are a few possibilities of who could take over as the head of the United States Department of Commerce.
First, a quick run-down of what the job of the Secretary of Commerce actually entails. The Department of Commerce's mission, as described on its official website, is to "create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity." The Secretary helps promote business and industries in the United States and also oversees several crucial factors of the department, including the Census and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
There are several possible candidates to become the new Secretary of Commerce in Trump's administration. The New York Times proposes three potential names for the job: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Trump trade advisor and former CEO of steel production company Nucor Corp, Dan DiMicco; and private equity chief for Granite Capital International Group, Lewis M. Eisenberg.
Of the three names, Christie's is perhaps the most interesting. Though the governor has been a staunch supporter of Trump since dropping out of the Republican primary race himself, he was recently demoted from leader of Trump's transition team to vice chairman. Sources told The New York Times that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly wanted to marginalize Christie's contributions, moving forward.
As for who else could be in line for the position, Politico puts forth another three possible contenders for Secretary of Commerce: Trump economic advisor Wilbur Ross, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
It remains to be seen who Trump will choose to fill the role, but decisions about this post and other key Cabinet positions are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.