Biden hasn’t said how he defines the “most diverse” and his transition team did not offer a definition when asked. But if he wants to appoint a Cabinet with the most people of color in history, he’ll need to surpass President BARACK OBAMA’s initial Cabinet, which included 10 people of color: four African Americans, two Hispanics, three Asian Americans and a Lebanese American (Transportation Secretary RAY LaHOOD).
If Biden measures diversity by having the most women in the Cabinet, he must beat President BILL CLINTON’s record of nine women in his Cabinet at the start of his second term (one of whom, JANET YELLEN, will also serve in Biden’s).
The president-elect is nearing both metrics.
Of the 14 people Biden has picked for Cabinet-level posts thus far, nine are people of color and seven are women.