Help Wanted, No Private Sector Experience Required
(November 25, 2009) The following chart is from a J.P. Morgan research report. It examines the prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy. It includes secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development, and excludes Postmaster General, Navy, War, Health, Education & Welfare, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security—432 cabinet members in all.
The makeup of the current cabinet—over 90 percent of its prior experience was in the public sector—is remarkable. (Source.)