State of the Union: Obama’s Cabinet hitting the road

January 24, 2012

President Obama, standing with members of his Cabinet, in 2009. (Saul Loeb/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Several Cabinet secretaries and their deputies are set to hit the road in the coming days — mostly to visit so-called purple states. By week’s end, secretaries, deputy secretaries and assistant secretaries plan to hold a total of at least 62 events to help push the president's proposals, according to the White House.

Notably, they’ll be stopping in the battleground states of Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, among other states.

Here’s a look at the travel schedule — which we’ll update throughout the week. Look for a state-by-state tally below:

WEDNESDAY:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to visit the Siemens Energy Hub in Charlotte “to highlight the importance of investing in manufacturing and innovative technologies to create jobs and build a stronger American economy.”

Commerce Secretary John Bryson travels to Norfolk to tour the Paramount Sleep mattress factory and meet with local business leaders. Commerce Assistant Secretary John Fernandez will speak at a job creation event at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Undersecretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will visit Belmont, N.C., for a tour of the Parkdale Mills Plant 15. He then heads to Raleigh to visit the North Carolina State College of Textiles.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans to visit Richmond to review the reconstruction of the Lombardy St./CSX Bridge and other improvements along Interstate 95. He’ll be joined by Mayor Dwight Jones and other Virginia officials to highlight Obama’s call for “an America built to last.”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to visit Tallahassee Community College for a town-hall meeting with students and faculty “to discuss efforts to spur job creation by strengthening postsecondary career and technical education.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Gettysburg, Pa.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will visit Las Vegas, meet with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other local leaders, and discuss the Obama administration’s housing programs.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will visit the University of Washington and the EnerG2Lab in Seattle to discuss the president’s economic policies.

Small Business Adminsitration Adminsitrator Karen Mills plans to visit Harrisburg, Pa.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits Morgan State University in Baltimore to talk to students about how engineering, science and mathetmatics can help boost the American economy.

THURSDAY:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque for a tour of renewable energy research facilities. He will also hold a town hall meeting at the University of New Mexico. Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman will visit the University of Minnesota.

Donovan holds a news conference on the administration’s housing policy at the Housing Resources Inc. Homeownership Center in Milwaukee.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki visits Atlanta to meet with top companies, including InterContinental Hotels Group, FOCUS Brands Inc., UPS and the Coca-Cola Co., to promote military veteran’s employment programs.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis plans to be in Los Angeles for an economy-themed town hall meeting.

Duncan will be in the Miami area, at Pembroke Pines Charter High School, to discuss the president's education policies.

Vilsack will be visiting Philadelphia and Dover, Del. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan plans to visit the University of Florida in Gainesville to discuss her department’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” project and “how local and regional food systems can stimulate community economic development.”

Commerce Acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank plans to visit Dayton, Ohio, and meet with local business leaders.

FRIDAY:

Bryson plans to visit Columbus and tour “a manufacturing site,” according to the Commerce Department. “He will discuss manufacturing and other efforts to create jobs and make America more competitive.”

Duncan will travel with Obama to Ann Arbor, Mich.

Vilsack will be in Kansas City, Mo. Merrigan plans to visit Fifth Generation Market in Lake City, Fla., which received USDA funding in 2009 to “build a market for producers that grow organic produce and naturally raised beef.” She will later hold a news conference at the Jacksonville Farmers Market.

LaHood plans to visit Tampa to tout the administration’s infrastructure development efforts.

Solis will be in San Diego for an economy-themed town hall.

Mills plans to visit Cleveland.

SATURDAY:

Vilsack will visit St. Joseph, Mo.

A STATE-BY-STATE TALLY OF INDIVIDUAL STOPS:

California: 2

Delaware: 1

Florida: 6

Georgia: 1

Maryland: 1

Michigan: 1

Minnesota: 1

Missouri: 2

Nevada: 1

New Mexico: 2

North Carolina: 3

Ohio: 3

Pennsylvania: 3

Virginia: 2

Washington State: 2

Wisconsin: 1

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Further reading:

Breaking down the State of the Union

African American women see their own challenges mirrored in Michelle Obama’s

For more, visit PostPolitics and The Fed Page.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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