Sacramento, CA – The APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association) organization joins other AAPI organizations and members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in expressing our growing concern that an insufficient number of Asian Americans have been nominated as Cabinet Secretaries in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Although we are gratified that Neera Tanden has been appointed as the Director of the Office of Budget and Management, and Katherine Tai as the U.S. Trade Representative, we would like to see a qualified APIA
appointed to one of the Cabinet Secretaries in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
APAPA agrees with the 19 members of CAPAC who sent a letter to Biden’s transition team urging that AAPIs be appointed to at least seven percent of cabinet-level and other appointed personnel within the federal workforce.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are seven percent of the U.S. population and the fastest-growing racial group in the nation. AAPIs turned out in record numbers in 2020, with over two-thirds of the AAPI votes in support of Biden’s election. In every single battleground state, the AAPI turnout surged more than any other group. In Georgia, some 30,000 Asian American voters casted a ballot for the first time ever this year, more than double Biden’s margin of victory.
The United States is at its greatest when we value and promote diversity. Since the Bill Clinton administration, there has always been at least one AAPI Cabinet member. The Obama administration had a record three AAPI Cabinet Secretaries, while the Trump administration has included two — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations.
We believe there are many extremely qualified AAPI candidates who are capable of serving in cabinet level
and other leadership positions in the new administration and respectfully urge President-elect Joe Biden to
fulfill his commitment to putting together the most diverse administration by ensuring there is parity in the
member composition of his cabinet.
APAPA is a national, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization that focuses on empowering Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through education, leadership and active participation in civic and public affairs at local, state, and national levels. We look forward to working with the incoming administration to build a diverse, equitable and prosperous future for all Americans.