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Which Politicos of Color Might Serve in the Next Administration? — PICTURES

October 19, 2012

The top gigs in Washington have the potential to influence policy and politics for the foreseeable future. National Journal suggests names for would-be Romney and Obama administrations, and this gallery features notable people of color who may be among them. 

Supreme Court: Miguel Estrada For his chance to place justices on the Supreme Court, Romney could pick the attorney whom Democrats blocked from a federal Appeals Court appointment in 2003.(P Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Supreme Court: Viet Dinh Dinh, another possible pick for Supreme Court justice, served as assistant attorney general under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2003.(Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Interior Secretary: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Sandoval could be a strong contender to oversee the department that would play a major role in Romney's promises to expand fossil-fuel production as a major job creator.(AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

 

Interior Secretary: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Martinez is considered a rising star in the Republican Party.(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Interior Secretary: Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno Fortuno has endorsed Romney.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Education Secretary: Michelle Rhee Though a Democrat, the former chancellor of D.C. schools shares views eppoused during the George W. Bush era.(Chet Susslin)

 

A Second Obama Administration, Secretary of State: Susan Rice The U.N. ambassador and longtime Obama adviser is a possibility, but her recent handling of events in Libya could lead to obstacles in her confirmation.(PHOTO: PETE MULLER/AP)

Attorney General: Eric Holder Holder likely will retain his post, though the recent "Fast and Furious" controversy could provoke some resistance.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Attorney General: Deval Patrick If Holder departs, the Massachusetts governor, who was a top Justice official during the Clinton administration, could be next in line.(Liz Lynch)

 

Homeland Security: Clark Ervin Janet Napolitano might leave her Homeland Security leadership to become attorney general, which she's said to covet, so a replacement could be Ervin, the department’s former inspector general.(AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Office of Management and Budget: Rob Nabors The chief of legislative affairs at the White House could be a potential pick.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Commerce Secretary: Ron Kirk The top gig at the Commerce Department has been open since June with little attention. Kirk, who serves as Obama's top U.S. trade representative, could be next in line.(AP Photo/Jacques brinon)

 

Labor Secretary: Hilda Solis Solis isn't likely to depart the top spot at Labor, though anything is possible.(Liz Lynch)

Labor Secretary: Maria Echaveste If Solis does leave, taking her spot could be Echaveste, former adviser to Bill Clinton and his White House deputy chief of staff during his second administration.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court: Kamala Harris Though rumored to be a long shot, California's attorney general would be the first African-American and Asian-American to join the bench.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

 

Transportation Secretary: Antonio R. Villaraigosa The Los Angeles mayor, who has become somewhat of a rising star in the Democratic Party, could be a likely pick should Ray LaHood step down.(Chet Susslin)

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