SUSAN Rice is a longtime diplomat and public official who may be called to serve in Joe Biden's administration.

Biden is selecting his cabinet after defeating President Donald Trump in the November 3 election.

Who is Susan Rice?

Rice was President Barack Obama's US ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 before serving as national security adviser from 2013 until 2017.

As national security adviser Rice was was "responsible for coordinating the formulation and implementation of all aspects" of Obama's foreign and national security policy, according to her online bio.

She served as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001.

Rice, who is 56, has worked in public service for several decades after graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1986.

She is currently a distinguished visiting research fellow at American University’s School of International Service.

Rice, a native of Washington, DC, is married to Ian Cameron and they have two children.

What role will Rice serve in the Biden administration?

It is not clear if Rice will be picked to join the next administration.

President-elect Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, a position that some believe Rice was a contender for.

Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the Senate.

She has long been a target of Republicans, including for statements she made after the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Rice was accused of downplaying the possibility that a planned terrorist act had led to the deaths of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, according to Politifact.

Who has Biden picked for his administration?

Biden has announced picks for six Cabinet-level positions ahead of his January 20 inauguration.

The formal announcement on Biden filling out his administration came on Monday after the nominations began to trickle out to the news media.

Biden confirmed that he is going to nominate Blinken for secretary of state.

Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.

Biden has also picked nominees for Homeland Security, United Nations ambassador, special presidential envoy for climate change, director of national intelligence, and national security adviser.

John Kerry – a Vietnam War vet, former secretary of state, and senator who ran for president in 2004 and lost to George W Bush – has been nominated to lead the Biden administration's climate change effort.

Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Homeland Security – the first-ever Latino and immigrant to serve as secretary.

Biden has chosen Avril Haines to serve as the director of national intelligence, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

Haines served as the deputy CIA director from 2013 to 2017, and was the first woman to hold that office – and is the first woman nominated to lead the intelligence community.

He will also nominate Jake Sullivan to serve as national security adviser.

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