President-elect Donald J. Trump's has made twelve nominations to his cabinet, with only three remaining picks not officially announced. Cabinet appointees head up all of the major departments of the federal government and will be the men and women in charge of implementing the new president's agenda.

Below is the list of the nominations so far - along with some of our thoughts on a few of the picks. 
President-elect Trump is assembling his cabinet
Secretary of Labor - Andrew Puzder
Andrew Puzder is the current CEO of CKE Restaurants, which is the franchisor behind Carl's Jr. and Hardee's burger restaurants. AAHOA president and CEO Chip Rogers applauded his nomination, saying:

"We are thrilled to have someone with such a deep understanding of the positive role franchising has had on small business entrepreneurship in America. We look forward to working with him and the team the administration puts into place in the department to rework and repeal job-killing rules and regulations."
Secretary of Health & Human Services - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.
Congressman Tom Price, who is also an orthopedic surgeon, represents the district covering AAHOA's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been an outspoken critic of President Obama's health care reform law and will lead the Trump administration's efforts to replace it.

His nomination was cheered by Rogers:

"Dr. Price has proven himself to be a thoughtful and detailed Congressman with core convictions that guide his decisions. He has been a leader on crafting a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and in his new position he’ll have a chance to lead the implementation. President-elect Trump could not have chosen a better individual to lead HHS during this critical time."
Secretary of Energy - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Rick Perry is the former governor of the state of Texas and two-time candidate for president in the Republican primary. He was also a 2015 AAHOA Annual Convention speaker.

Rogers released the following statement regarding Perry's nomination:

"As the former governor of one of the most energy-rich states in the country, Gov. Perry is uniquely qualified to head the Energy Department under President-elect Trump. His efforts to boost Texas’s economy led to explosive job growth in the state, something AAHOA heard firsthand from Gov. Perry when he spoke at AAHOA’s annual convention in 2015. As we in the hospitality space know well, when the other areas of the economy are booming - especially the energy sector - everyone benefits."
Secretary of State - Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, the multinational oil and gas corporation. A Texan, Tillerson has traveled the globe working out oil and gas exploration deals in his role with Exxon.

Secretary of Treasury - Steve Mnuchin

Steve Mnuchin is currently the chairman, CEO and co-founder of the hedge fund Dune Capital Management. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs and founded the One West Bank Group.

Secretary of Defense - Former General James Mattis

General James Mattis retired in 2013 from the U.S. Marine Corps as a four-star general, where he also headed up the U.S. Central Command. His service in the Marine Corps included Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s, leading the Special Operations Forces against the Taliban in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and leading the Marine battle to Baghdad in Iraq in 2003.

Attorney General - Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Sen. Jeff Sessions has served in the Senate since his first election in 1996. He is a senior member of the Judiciary Committee and the Budget Committee. He also serves on the Armed Services Committee and Environment & Public Works Committee. Previously, Sessions was the Attorney General of Alabama and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

Secretary of the Interior - Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

Rep. Ryan Zinke represents the entire state of Montana in the state's at-large congressional district. He is a retired Navy SEAL who won two Bronze Stars during his tours of duty in Iraq. In Congress, he served on the Natural Resources Committee which oversees the Interior Department as well as national parks. Zinke has a geology degree from the University of Oregon

Secretary of Commerce - Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross is currently the chairman of the private equity company he co-founded, WL Ross & Co. He is a billionaire investor known for his investments into steel and coal companies that helped revive them in the early 2000s. As the Secretary of Commerce, he'll be charged with implemented President-elect Trump's goals when it comes to renegotiating trade deals.

Secretary of Housing & Urban Development - Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who was the first (and only so far) surgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins joined at the head. He retired from Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2013. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Secretary of Transportation - Elaine Chao

Elaine Chao served for eight years as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, where she was the longest-serving Labor Secretary since World War II. She was the first woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a cabinet-level position. She is the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Secretary of Education - Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is currently the chairwoman of the American Federal for Children, an education advocacy group. With her husband, she co-founded the technology and clean energy company Windquest Group. She also served as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Secretary of Homeland Security - Former General John F. Kelly

John F. Kelly retired a four-star general from the Marine Corps in 2016. Currently, he is the chairman of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit that is working to build a museum to the Marine Corps. General Kelly's career included service in Iraq in 2003 and commander of the U.S. Southern Command.
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