Who may take key jobs in Bush administration


WASHINGTON, Reuters

Here is a list drawn from reporting and published sources on who may be taking the key jobs in the administration of Republican George W. Bush: SECRETARY OF STATE

Bush is likely to choose retired Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War and a charismatic African-American who has challenged the Republican Party to open itself more to minorities. Bush has made it clear Powell will get a top position in the administration. TREASURY SECRETARY

Names that have been circulating include several Wall Street financiers such as Walter Shipley, Jack Hennessy and Donald Marron. Shipley is the favorite of many on Wall Street. Analysts say the chances for Marron, whose name was high up on the list earlier in the process, have faded a bit lately. Other names circulating are Kenneth Lay, a Bush friend and the chairman and CEO of energy company Enron. A long-shot possibility is William McDonough, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A Democrat, he could offer close ties to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Bush’s possibilities include Paul Wolfowitz, dean of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, former Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. ATTORNEY GENERAL

Bush could choose from one of his fellow Republican governors, including either Marc Racicot of Montana, a spokesman for the Texan in the Florida legal wrangles, or Frank Keating of Oklahoma. Another possibility is former Sen. John Danforth. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

Bush is likely to pick his foreign policy adviser Condoleezza Rice, another African-American to get a senior position. Bush has made clear that Rice, a Soviet specialist who served in his father’s administration, will get a top position in the administration. WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISERS

Former Federal Reserve Governor Lawrence Lindsey looks set to get a top economic post in the White House. He could get a position such as head of the National Economic Council, an agency created by President Clinton in 1993 as an economic clearinghouse. The Bush team would probably keep some incarnation of that agency but may change its name. Lindsey might also be tapped for chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Another prospect for CEA chairman is Stanford University professor John Taylor. WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR

This crucial position for negotiating with Congress over the budget could go to John Cogan, a Hoover Institution expert who was a deputy budget director in the Reagan administration. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY

Possible picks include lawyer Ann Veneman, who was a senior agriculture official when Bush’s father was president. She later became California’s agriculture director. Other names that have surfaced are Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, a rancher and former state legislator; Missouri Farm Bureau president Charles Kruse; 11-term Rep. and Democratic leader on the House Agriculture Committee Charles Stenholm of Texas. ENERGY SECRETARY

Several members of Congress have been mentioned, including Democrat Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana, former Republican Sen. Slade Gorton of Washington and Democratic Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas. Gorton lost his job in a close race to high-tech millionaire Maria Cantwell. Other names circulating are Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, Texas Railroad Commissioner Tony Garza and Kenneth Lay.