Constitutional FAQ Answer #128
Q128. "Does the Constitution set any requirements for potential cabinet members, such as age or residency?"
A. A scan of the Constitution itself reveals that there is nothing therein that addresses the qualifications for members of the President's Cabinet. The only real requirements are that the President nominates a person to be a department secretary and the Senate must then confirm the appointment. Other members of the Cabinet need not even go through the confirmation process. The National Security Advisor, for example, is appointed by the President without any confirmation process. Cabinet members, whether a confirmation is required or not, have no constitutional qualifications. They can be young, old, male, female, of any race or religion, and of any national origin. Several people not born in the U.S. have served in the Cabinet, including Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright.