It’s no secret that Joe Biden has spent most of his life in politics. He was first elected to the Senate when he was just 29 years old, in 1972. And before he became the Democratic nominee for president earlier this year, he’d already run for the White House twice before — in 1988 and again in 2008.
Throughout that time, Biden has amassed a kitchen cabinet of trusted aides and advisers. Some have been with him for decades. Others are relatively new. But all of them could have a hand in shaping what a Biden administration would look like. As the old Reagan-era adage goes, “personnel is policy,” meaning that if you’re wondering what a new president is going to focus on, it’s a good idea to take a look at the people who will be making policy judgments on a day-to-day basis.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the people likely to help Biden lead the country, should he win the upcoming election.