Position In Biden Administration:

Secretary of State

Nomination Details:

  • Nomination Announced: November 22, 20202
  • Confirmation Status: Pending

Past Work:

  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017)
  • U.S. Senator Deputy National Security Advisor (2013-2015)
  • National Security Advisor to the Vice President (2009-2013)

In His Own Words:

About Blinken:

Antony Blinken was Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 and Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017. In comments leading up to his appointment as Secretary of State, Blinken referred to climate change as “arguably the one truly existential issue that we face.” He also said that “it has to be, and under a Biden administration would be, a number-one priority.” 

During his confirmation hearing she pledged to “take on the existential threat posed by climate change.” Blinken also told lawmakers that he expects the State Department to make climate change a top issue “immediately,” given John Kerry’s role in the administration as a special envoy for climate. Climate justice “is something that will very much factor into what we’re doing around the world,” Blinken said in response to a question from Sen. Ed Markey.

Fun Facts:

  • Francophile

Learn more about the Biden administration’s energy policies here.