President-elect Trump’s Cabinet: Secretary of State

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On Thursday, November 10, we published a preliminary list (leaked and unofficial) of the President-elect Trump’s cabinet choices. The source said that it wasn’t final and there could still be additions and deletions, so we must consider the list on that basis. Since some of the names on that list aren’t “household” names, it seems that it’s a worthwhile endeavor to flesh out the qualifications of those who’ve been mentioned for the various cabinet positions. And that’s the purpose of this post.

Next up is Secretary of State. The listed candidates are John Bolton, Sen. Bob Corker, and Newt Gingrich. These are all familiar names and we’re all aware of them, but just how much do we know about their qualifications to be the top law enforcement person in the country? Read on and make your decision – and later compare it with President-elect Trumps. Here they are:

John Bolton (67) Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management, and a Fox News Channel commentator. He attended Yale College and Yale Law School where he earned a B.A. graduating summa cum laude in 1970 and a J.D. in 1974. From 1974 to 1981, Bolton was an associate at the Washington office of Covington & Burling; he returned to the firm again from 1983 to 1985. Bolton was also a partner in the law firm of Lerner, Reed, Bolton & McManus, from 1993–1999.

During the George W. Bush administration, Bolton served as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (2001–2005) and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (2005–2006). Bolton was nominated to the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by President George W. Bush. As a result of a Democratic filibuster, he was recess-appointed to the post on August 1, 2005. Bolton’s nomination received strong support from Republicans but faced heavy opposition from Democrats due initially to concerns about his strongly expressed views on the United Nations. He is currently of counsel in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis. See more about his positions on various issues at On the Issues. I didn’t find Bolton on Project Vote Smart.

Senator Bob Corker (64)

Corker is the incumbent junior United States Senator from Tennessee, serving since 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee. After graduating from college, he worked for four years as a construction superintendent. During this time he saved up $8,000, which he used to start a construction company, Bencor, in 1978. The company’s first large contract was with Krystal restaurants, building drive-through windows. The construction company became successful, and by the mid-1980s carried out projects in 18 states. He sold the company in 1990. In 1999, Corker acquired two of the largest real estate companies in Chattanooga: Osborne Building Corporation and Stone Fort Land Company. In 2006 he sold the properties and assets that had formed these companies to Chattanooga businessman Henry Luken.

Corker first ran for the United States Senate in 1994, finishing second in the Republican primary to eventual winner Bill Frist. He went on to campaign for Frist in the general election. From 1995 to 1996, Corker was the Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee, an appointed position, working for Governor Don Sundquist. Corker served as mayor of Chattanooga from 2001 to 2005. Corker was elected to the Senate in 2006. He was the only new Republican Senator in the 110th Congress. Corker was sworn in as Senator on January 4, 2007. See more about his positions on various issues at On the Issues and on Project Vote Smart.

Newt Gingrich (73)

Gingrich is an American political consultant, politician, businessman, historian, writer and Republican leader. He represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999 and served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination. Gingrich received a B.A. degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta in 1965. He then proceeded to earn an M.A. (1968) and a Ph.D. in European history (1971), both from Tulane University in New Orleans.

In the 1994 campaign season, in an effort to offer an alternative to Democratic policies and to unite distant wings of the Republican Party, Gingrich and several other Republicans came up with a Contract with America, which laid out ten policies that Republicans promised to bring to a vote on the House floor during the first hundred days of the new Congress. The contract was signed by Gingrich and other Republican candidates for the House of Representatives. The contract ranged from issues such as welfare reform, term limits, tougher crime laws, and a balanced budget law, to more specialized legislation such as restrictions on American military participation in United Nations missions.

In the November 1994 elections, Republicans gained 54 seats and took control of the House for the first time since 1954. The midterm election that turned congressional power over to Republicans “changed the center of gravity” in the nation’s capital. Time magazine named Gingrich its 1995 “Man of the Year” for his role in the election. See more about his positions on various issues at On the Issues. Project Vote Smart didn’t have a listing for Newt Gingrich.



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  1. Bolton is great, Gingrich is okay with me, but Corker? I can’t see him as Secretary of State. I hate to be rude but his nasally voice is a bit annoying.

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  2. Of those three, Bolton is the only one I could support. Stay away from Corker entirely! Gingrich would fit better somewhere else.

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    • Bolton would be my man as well, Curtis. He’s got the balls to look out for the U.S. and is known for his “plain talk.” He’s also not a fan of the UN. I do hope that Trump recognizes that we NEED someone like Bolton to reestablish a solid position with both our allies and our enemies.

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