Progressive groups urge Biden to include Barbara Lee in his cabinet

Two progressives groups are urging President-elect Joe Biden to select Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee as his secretary of state.

The left-leaning Justice Democrats and the Sunshine Movement, a climate-change group, included Lee on a list of potential progressives to fill Biden’s cabinet, The Hill reported on Wednesday.

The organizations also suggested naming Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to Biden’s cabinet.

Lee has relatively little foreign policy experience, but she did have a role in the political and economic reengagement with Cuba during the Obama administration.

In addition, there were rumors prior to the 2016 presidential election that Lee was interested in being named ambassador to Cuba in the event Hillary Clinton was elected.

Nevertheless, the chances of Lee winning confirmation from a likely Republican-controlled Senate would be low. Lee is known as one of the most progressive members of the entire congress.

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