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The Executive Branch

Who is in it:

In the executive branch there are many men and women in charge [mostly men]. The highest and most noticeable of these men and women is our President: Barack Hussein Obama. The second highest is our Vice President, Joe Biden.

We also have people called "cabinet members". Listed below are all of the cabinet members :


Secretary of State: John Kerry

Secretary of the Treasury: Jacob Lew

Secretary of Defense: Ashton B. Carter

Attorney General: Loretta Lynch

Secretary of the interior: Sally Jewell

Secretary of Agriculture: Tom J. Vilsack

Secretary of Commerce: Penny PritzKer

Secretary of Labor: Thomas E. Perez

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Julian Castro

Secretary of Transportation: Anthony Foxx

Secretary of Energy: Ernest Moniz

Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert Mcdonald

Secretary of Homeland Security: Jeh Johnson


These men and woman all have different jobs that keep the U.S. somewhat a whole.

How to Become a Member of the Executive Branch.

-Firstly you must be of 35 years age or older.

-You must also a natural born citizen ( born in the U.S. or U.S. territories).

-And you have to have lived 14 years in the U.S.

How to Get Elected

-First the man or woman must announce their running for president.

- Secondly, you must go to the first primary election held in February.

-Then you can but not must go around the country to different states to gain support, it can only help your cause.

-After a long while the parties hold a convention where they choose one person to run for presidency.

-If you are selected you must choose a running mate [ your eventual Vice President ].

-The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is called "election day". On this day anyone of the age of 18 years or older with a voting license or driver's license vote on who they would like as president.

- Then the biggest day in the decision making happens. This is the electoral college vote. This vote is crucial to your voting as president. You need 270 or more of the electoral votes to become president.

- After the electoral voting is over we will find out who our new president is.

- On January 20th our new President and Vice President will be sworn in.

What Their Roles Are

-The cabinet members have one big main duty and that is to advise the President of the United States.

- Aside from the term president , Barack Obama has other names such as:

Chief of state, Chief executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Diplomat, Chief Legislator.


These titles contain different responsibilities, listed below are the responsibilities:


Chief of State- Symbolic leader or Country.

Chief Executive- Executes laws, appoints key officials, and also grants pardons and reprieves.

Commander in Chief- Commands/Runs the Armed Forces.

Chief Diplomat-Negotiates with other countries/foreign nations.

Chief Legislature-Signs vetoes, introduces legislation, and works on congress budget [rising it to keep debt from rising above cap].


The president must keep up with his day to day functions like signing/vetoing bills, traveling, talking to other nations leaders [NATO].

Role in Lawmaking Process

The president must sign a bill to approve it. He can also VETO it. If he gives it the "ok" then that bill becomes a law unless the Supreme Court says other wise. If he vetoes it then it goes back to congress [it can still become a law]. The president is the reason for most of our amendments in the constitution. The president can also propose a law that he would like to pass through congress. However, a congress member must write it and show it to congress [this does not mean it will pass]. This is basically his role in the lawmaking process.