President-elect Joe Biden introduced a raft of prime White House employees positions on Tuesday, drawing from the senior ranks of his marketing campaign and a few of his closest confidants to fill out an more and more various White House management staff.
Biden confirmed that former marketing campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon will function deputy chief of employees, whereas marketing campaign co-chair Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond and marketing campaign adviser Steve Ricchetti will play senior roles within the new administration. Richmond will depart his Louisiana congressional seat to fill the White House job.
The president-elect additionally introduced that Mike Donilon, a longtime Biden confidant, will function a senior adviser; Dana Remus, the marketing campaign’s present normal counsel, will likely be counsel to the president; Julie Chavez Rodriguez, who was one in every of Biden’s deputy marketing campaign managers, will function director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; and Annie Tomasini, who’s at present Biden’s travelling chief of employees, will function the director of Oval Office operations.
Anthony Bernal will function a senior adviser to Jill Biden, after he was her chief of employees on the marketing campaign, and Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, a former Obama ambassador to Uruguay, as her chief of employees.
The new hires symbolize an preliminary wave of what is going to finally be a whole bunch of recent White House aides employed within the coming weeks as Biden builds out an administration to execute his governing imaginative and prescient. The Democrat will likely be inaugurated on January 20.
Our White House senior employees consists of people who exhibit the President-elect’s dedication to constructing an administration that appears like America, has experience in governing, and will likely be prepared ship outcomes for working households on Day One.https://t.co/MXnMExXAFp pic.twitter.com/DaWmRI8PRk
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 17, 2020
Late final week, Biden tapped former senior marketing campaign adviser Ron Klain to function his chief of employees.
The newest spherical displays Biden’s said dedication to range in his employees — the staff contains 4 folks of color and 5 ladies.
“America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation,” Biden stated in a press release.
O’Malley Dillon, 44, was the primary girl to handle a profitable Democratic presidential marketing campaign. She is a veteran political operative who labored on each of Barack Obama’s White House bids.
Rodriguez, the granddaughter of the late farmworker union chief Cesar Chavez, was the nationwide political director on Senator Kamala Harris’s 2016 presidential staff earlier than coming to the Biden marketing campaign, and served within the Obama administration.
Richmond, a 47-year-old African American, will likely be a senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the position Valerie Jarrett crammed within the Obama administration. He is anticipated to have interaction with Congress and deal with the Black neighborhood and different minority teams.
Richmond formally introduced that he was taking the place at a information convention at a regional airport in jap New Orleans, not removed from his residence. He stated he’ll step down from his congressional submit in November.
Richmond stated he believes having Biden’s ear in a West Wing workplace will allow him to assist Louisiana and different southern states with related issues, together with poverty, poor well being outcomes and ineffective schooling.
“This new role will allow me to offer advice to the president when he wants it — maybe sometimes when he doesn’t want it,” Richmond stated.
A former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Richmond was amongst Biden’s earliest high-profile supporters and served as his marketing campaign co-chair. Richmond has scheduled a Tuesday information convention wherein he’s anticipated to announce that he’s leaving his congressional seat.
Richetti, Donilon, Tomasini and Bernal all have long-standing relationships with the Biden household. Ricchetti was Biden’s chief of employees throughout Obama’s second time period, whereas Donilon has suggested him in varied roles since 1981, and Tomasini served in communications roles for Biden when he was nonetheless a senator. Bernal labored for Jill Biden through the 2008 Obama-Biden marketing campaign, and in varied roles for her throughout each phrases of the Obama administration.
Less clear is the form of Biden’s cupboard, which will likely be topic to Senate affirmation. Since successful the election earlier this month, the president-elect has been hunkered down with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris close to his residence in Delaware getting ready for the enterprise of governing.
Biden will start rolling out his higher-profile cupboard picks within the coming weeks.