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A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. It can also sometimes be referred to as the Council of Ministers or the Executive Council.

In the United States, the cabinet consists of the head of each federal executive department. These heads are appointed by the President. In addition to running their appointed agency, they advise the President on matters relating to that agency. Cabinet members do not make policy, but they vote on the 25th Amendment when necessary, and are near the top of the presidential line of succession.

David Palmer's Cabinet

David Palmer had 15 cabinet members. Only few of them appeared on Day 2, with their votes ('yes' to keep President Palmer in office, 'no' to remove him and instate Vice President James Prescott). The Secretary of the Interior tied the vote, so the Secretary of State was obliged to make the final decision.

Office Name 25th Amendment vote
Secretary of State Alex For James Prescott
Secretary of Agriculture (name unspecified) For James Prescott
Secretary of Defense (name unspecified) For David Palmer
Secretary of the Interior (name unspecified) For James Prescott
Secretary of Transportation (name unspecified) For David Palmer
Secretary of Treasury (name unspecified) For James Prescott

Day 4 Cabinet

When President John Keeler was grievously injured in an attack on Air Force One, his Cabinet was inherited by Vice President Charles Logan, who was summarily sworn in to office. Among these officials were: Secretary of Defense James Heller, Secretary of State Taylor, Jennie, and Keeler's Attorney General.

Charles Logan's Day 5 Cabinet

President Charles Logan retained James Heller as his Secretary of Defense up to Day 5. His Attorney General was called upon by members of CTU Los Angeles and Homeland Security to have him arrested at the close of the day.

Wayne Palmer's Cabinet

When the Presidency of Wayne Palmer was challenged by Vice President Noah Daniels, the Cabinet was convened to vote in 25th Amendment proceedings. The vote was tied, which actually favored the President since a clear majority was needed to unseat him. Daniels contested the vote of Karen Hayes, but relented when Tom Lennox threatened to reveal incriminating information about him.

Office Name 25th Amendment vote
(department unspecified) Dawes For Wayne Palmer
(department unspecified) Durant For Noah Daniels
Attorney General Kevin Graves For Wayne Palmer
National Security Advisor Karen Hayes For Wayne Palmer
Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin (not present for vote)
(department unspecified) (name unspecified) For Noah Daniels
(department unspecified) (name unspecified) For Noah Daniels

Background information and notes

  • In Season 6 it is revealed that the National Security Advisor is a Cabinet-level position in the universe of 24. In real life, despite the considerable influence of this position, the official holding it is not technically a member of the Cabinet and would not be able to vote in a 25th Amendment proceeding according to the Constitution.
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