Women will miss out on power if Mitt Romney wins election
US women will need to vote for Obama if they want to get more of their gender into the positions of power.
If they support Romney, the chances of women gaining key positions in a Republican administration are a lot slimmer. Only 15% – 12 out of 80 – of those in the running for administration jobs in a Romney government are female.
The current Obama administration has seven women in the top 17 positions of power – that’s slightly more than 40%.
The Romney women are:
• Beth Myers – Romney’s chief of staff when he was governor of Massachusetts and has been one of his top advisors ever since. She is in line for Chief of Staff in his presidential administration.
• Frances Townsend – was Homeland Security advisor to George W Bush; wants Homeland Security Secretary.
• Carly Fiorina – is a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company; wants Commerce Secretary.
• Susana Martinez – is the governor of New Mexico; wants Interior Secretary or Education Secretary.
• Kay Bailey Hutchison – is the senator for Texas; wants Transportation Secretary.
• Marion Blakey – has headed both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, and is currently CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association; wants Transportation Secretary.
• Michelle Rhee – is a former District of Columbia Schools Chancellor; wants Education Secretary.
• Nina Rees – was a member of the Education Department, and has advised the Romney campaign; wants Education Secretary.
• Ann Klee – was EPA general counsel from 2004-2006; wants Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.
• Diane Sykes – is a US Appeals Court judge; wants to be a Supreme Court Justice.
• Susan Dudley – was the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009; wants Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.
• and Janice Rogers Brown is a Circuit Court judge who has also served on the California Supreme Court; wants to be a Supreme Court Justice.
But they are only candidates, so are not guaranteed to be appointed to the positions they are running for.
When American voters got to the polls in a presidential race, they tend to think they are choosing just one person.
But whether it is Obama or Romney, the vote gets a whole team of people – the heads of the many departments that run vital aspects of the country’s functions.
Obama’s administration is already known as he ends his first term as president, but if Romney wins there will be wholesale change in the way the country is run.
Unsurprisingly, many candidates for the Romney machine have already experienced government, under the last Republican president, George W. Bush, and many are current or former senate members or congress-people, or former ambassadors.
A number are in the running for more than one position. For example, dean of the Columbia Business School Glenn Hubbard is a candidate for three positions – Treasury secretary, Council of Economic Advisors chairman and as a member of the Federal Reserve Board.
Candidates for membership of Romney’s administration
Chief of Staff
• Mike Leavitt is former governor of Utah, was secretary of Health and Human Services during George W. Bush’s administration, and administrated the Environmental Protection Agency. He now heads a healthcare consultancy, and is in Romney’s inner circle. • Beth Myers.
Secretary of State
• Rob Portman is a senator from Ohio, and a former U.S. trade representative who was short listed to be Romney’s vice president. • Robert Zoellick is a former World Bank president who now coordinates national-security transition for the Romney campaign. • Jon Huntsman is a former Utah governor, was ambassador to China under Obama, and was a Republican presidential rival. • Robert Kimmitt was ambassador to Germany and undersecretary of State under George H.W. Bush and deputy Treasury secretary under George W. Bush. • Richard Haass was policy-planning chief in Colin Powell’s State Department in George W. Bush’s first term, and is now president of the Council on Foreign Relations. • Richard Williamson was most recently special envoy to Sudan under George W. Bush. • John Bolton was U.N. ambassador and undersecretary of State under George W. Bush.
• Jim Talent has been a close adviser on national-security issues since Romney’s first run for the White House in 2008. This election, he has raised money and been a surrogate for Romney on defence and national-security issues.
• Richard Wiley is a long-time Washington insider and former FCC chairman who is co-chair of Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee. • Michael Chertoff is a former Homeland Security secretary and high-level Justice official during the George W. Bush administration. He now runs the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy. • Kenneth Wainstein is a former U.S. attorney in D.C. and was a high-level national-security specialist under George W. Bush. • Bob McDonnell was short-listed for the vice presidency. He is a former state attorney general, but is prohibited under Virginia law from seeking a second term. • Chris Christie is the governor of New Jersey, and a former US attorney in that state. • Mike Lee is a first-term senator from Utah. • John Cornyn is a former Texas Supreme Court justice.
CIA Director • David Petraeus is currently CIA Director.
Director of National Intelligence
• Cofer Black spent his career in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, and was coordinator for counterterrorism from 2002 to 2004. • Michael Hayden is a former CIA Director, retired four-star Air Force general, the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency, and was principal deputy director of national intelligence in 2005 and 2006. He is now a member of the Chertoff Group, and another close Romney advisor.
National Security Advisor
• Richard Williamson • Eric Edelman was principal deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney and later Defence undersecretary for policy under Donald Rumsfeld and Bob Gates. • Mitchell Reiss was policy-planning chief under Condoleezza Rice in the second Bush term and has been a close Romney adviser since the 2008 presidential campaign. • Elliott Abrams served as No. 2 in George W. Bush’s National Security Council. • Dan Senor has been advising Romney for years, and is a former spokesman for President Bush’s Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Homeland Security Secretary
• Frances Townsend • Michael Hayden • Kris Kobach is the Kansas Secretary of State, and has advised Romney on homeland security. • Thaddeus Allen is a retired Coast Guard commander. • William Barr and Michael Mukasey are former Attorneys-General who co-chair the Romney campaign’s law-enforcement advisory group. • Joe Lieberman is an independent and former Democrat who was Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 presidential race, and is retiring from the Senate this year.
• Glenn Hubbard is the dean of the Columbia Business School. • Robert Zoellick
Office of Management and Budget Director
• Douglas Holtz-Eakin is president of the American Action Forum and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. • Jim Nussle was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, and chairman of the House Budget Committee. • Judd Gregg is a former New Hampshire senator who chaired the Senate Budget Committee. • Rob Portman
Council of Economic Advisors Chairman
• Glenn Hubbard • Greg Mankiw is an economist at Harvard. • John Taylor is a Stanford University economist, and another Romney adviser. • Kevin Hassett is an economist at the American Enterprise Institute.
• Tom Stemberg is the co-founder of Staples, an office-supplies company. • Bob White is a long-time Romney friend and the chairman of his presidential campaign. • Carly Fiorina • Kerry Healey was Romney’s former lieutenant governor.
• James Connaughton headed the Council on Environmental Quality under George W. Bush, and is currently the executive vice president of the nation’s largest electricity generator. • Jack Gerard is a close friend of Romney, and the president of the American Petroleum Institute.
Health and Human Services Secretary
• Mike Leavitt • Tim Murphy led Massachusetts’ state health department while Romney was governor, and now runs a health consulting firm in Boston. • Tevi Troy served in several elite positions at HHS in the George W. Bush administration, including deputy secretary to Leavitt. He also spent five years working as a deputy assistant for domestic policy and running the Domestic Policy Council. • Scott Gottlieb worked as deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, and as a senior policy adviser at the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services. • Mark McClellan heads a centre for health reform at the Brookings Institution, and ran the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration during the Bush administration. • Bobby Jindal is the governor of Louisiana, ran the Louisiana Health and Hospitals Department in 1996 at the age of 24, and served as an assistant secretary at HHS from 2001-2003.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary
• Rick Lazio is a former member of the House of Representatives, for the state of New York.
• Brian Sandoval is the governor of Nevada. • Susana Martinez • Luis Fortuno is the governor of Puerto Rico. • Bob Beauprez is a former member of the House of Representatives for the state of Colorado. • James Inhofe is the senator for Oklahoma.
• Bill Kilberg is a partner in a law firm, was the Labour Department’s solicitor during the Nixon administration, and was a special assistant to Ronald Reagan-era Labour Secretary George Shultz. • Jim Talent
• Adam Putnam is the Florida Agriculture Commissioner. • Chuck Conner is the president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and was deputy secretary of Agriculture under George W. Bush.
• Bob McDonnell • Luis Fortuno • Kay Bailey Hutchison • John Mica is the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman. • Marion Blakey
• Jeb Bush is a former Florida governor. • Michelle Rhee • Joel Klein is a former New York City Schools Chancellor. • Tom Luna is Idaho Superintendent. • Tony Bennett is Indiana Superintendent. • Chris Cerf is New Jersey Education Commissioner. • Nina Rees • Tim Pawlenty is a former Minnesota Governor. • Bobby Jindal • Susana Martinez • Chris Christie
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator
• Susan Dudley • Ann Klee • James Connaughton • Jeff Holmstead was EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation from 2001-2005. • Greg Abbott is Texas Attorney-General.
Supreme Court Justice
• Paul Clement was administration solicitor general under George W. Bush. • Viet Dinh was a justice department official under George W. Bush. • Miguel Estrada is an attorney. He was prevented by the Democrats from being appointed to the federal Appeals Court, and the Republicans have wanted revenge ever since. • Jeffrey Sutton is a judge on the U.S. Appeals Court in Cincinnati. • Diane Sykes • Michael McConnell is a former judge on the U.S. Appeals Court in Denver and a member of Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee. • Brett Kavanaugh is on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. • Janice Rogers Brown
Federal Reserve Board
• John Taylor • Glenn Hubbard • Greg Mankiw • Martin Feldstein is a Harvard professor and Romney advisor.