Today’s political climate is as controversial and heated as we have ever seen it. With the new administration setting into the White House, we asked the question of who are the most influential people in the United States government that are not the president. This question is as important as who is the president him/herself, due to the fact that in the American democratic system, the president is only one, albeit important, element of a very complex system that consists of the United States Congress – containing the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The position of Commander and Chief of the United States is undoubtedly the highest ranking job in the American political system, but without these following five individuals, the entire system would not function; therefore, these are the top five most influential people in the US government that are not POTUS:
Her name may not be known to most, but Janet Yellen holds the position of the Chair of the Federal Reserve, which is the predominant banking system of the United States. Her influence is incomparable to any other’s in the whole financial system, domestically and internationally. Her statements in front of Congress can make or break the stock market, and restructure entire industries based on what she has to say on the matter.
Currently, the leading party within the United States Congress is the Republican Committee. As such, the position of the Speaker of the House is held by none other than, Paul Ryan. Despite the fact that Congress is made up of Democratic, Independent and Republican representatives from all fifty states, in direct correlation with location and population, the dominant party is the one holding all the cards. The Speaker of the House has more power over where government funds are allocated than anyone else, that means that even the president himself needs to make sure the Speaker sees things his way.
Very much intertwined with Paul Ryan, Mitch holds the position of the Senate majority leader. Seeing as the Senate is within the function of Congress, alongside the House of Representatives, being the head of such a vital component of Congress comes with a large amount of power. Mitch, as Senate majority leader, holds the power over the president’s decision of who to appoint in certain positions, such as Supreme Court appointments. The Senate majority leader has the power to contest the president directly, a position that is few and far between.
James Mattis is the newly appointed Secretary of Defense of the United States. Mattis has influence over the United States military that is second to that of the president’s. As such, he has the power to control all branches of military, domestically and internationally based. That kind of authority makes him an unquestionable power within the United States government.
John G. Roberts Jr.
Once again, this name may not seem familiar to you, but John Roberts is the current Chief Justice of the United States. What that means is that he is one of nine Supreme Court justices for the United States, but the other eight are Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; making John the one and only judge above all other judges. Roberts’, among other responsibilities, is the Chief Justice presiding over the oath of office of the President of the United States. He is also the presiding power over impeachment proceedings and holds the titles of chief administrative officer for the federal courts, as well as the head of the Judicial Conference of the United States.