The 2016 election is approaching and it is pretty clear that the Democrats have a huge advantage going into this election, especially with rumors of Hillary R. Clinton's potential presidential run. It is time for fresh faces in Washington D.C. so we can actually create the change that the voters asked for in 2012. Support for the Democratic Party and their causes is growing and we have a real opportunity to change the culture of Washington D.C. in 2016 so that it works for we the people once again.
The people who will make the most change are those who will be advising the president on a daily basis: his or her cabinet secretaries.
Once a week, I will post a proposed cabinet position, you make your own suggestions, and we will take polls and vote to see who we agree should be on the 2016 Presidential cabinet. Have an alternative choice? Post it in the comment section or vote for the proposed secretaries in the poll. In the end, I will come up with the final Daily Kos approved Presidential Cabinet. I want this to be interactive and democratic, and have you, the Kos masses, create this proposed presidential cabinet. I will send the final version to the Democratic nominee for President so they know who we have in mind.
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Here is my pick for the Vice President. Please comment to post your picks and have people vote on them. Watch the nominees DNC Speech here.
A 38-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected on May 9, 2009, Mayor Castro handily won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. He became a household name after being selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In June 2012, he delivered the Keynote Address at the Texas State Democratic Convention. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum. In 2011, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio the nation’s top-performing local economy. Mayor Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort turned nonprofit that has galvanized thousands of San Antonians around a simple, but powerful vision for San Antonio — to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the nation. Under his leadership, the city in 2010 opened Café College, a one-stop center offering high-quality guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area. In its first year, Café College served more than 5,000 area students, spurring an expansion of the facility in 2011. Mayor Castro also has brought a sense of urgency to revitalizing the city’s urban core, including the underserved East Side of San Antonio, by initiating the “Decade of Downtown” and approving a series of incentives to encourage inner city investment. These efforts have spurred plans for the construction of more than 2,400 housing units in the center city by 2014. In March 2010, Mayor Castro joined executives from Google and Twitter in being named to the World Economic Forum`s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Mayor Castro also serves on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow, and has joined San Antonio business leaders for summits and official visits in England, India, Israel, and Mexico. After attracting the support of prominent local CEOs and seven area Chambers of Commerce, a 1/8-cent sales tax referendum, called Pre-K 4 SA, was passed by San Antonio voters in November 2012. In tandem with state and federal dollars, Pre-K 4 SA is expected to provide high quality, full-day pre-kindergarten to more than 22,000 San Antonio four-year-olds over the next eight years. Mayor Castro’s tireless advocacy to grow a more skilled workforce in the region by supporting early childhood education has generated local and national new coverage. Mayor Castro earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with honors and distinction in 1996 and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2000. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at that time in San Antonio history. Mayor Castro`s brother, Joaquin, serves in the United States Congress representing the 20th Congressional District of Texas.
Governor Howard Dean, former DNC chairman, presidential candidate, six term governor and physician, currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. Gov. Dean also serves as chairman of the board of the Progressive Book Club, is a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.Gov. Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. He served as governor for 12 years — the second longest serving in the state. Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Gov. Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as governor of Vermont. He left office in Vermont to run for president in 2003, implementing innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Dean created and implemented the "50 State Strategy" and the development of 21st century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority. Before entering politics, Gov. Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vt.