US President-elect Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he has selected Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic agent, as his chief of staff, his first choice for public officials at the White House.
“Ron has been invaluable to me in the many years we’ve worked together,” Biden said in a statement to Klain, who also served as the Democrat’s first chief of staff when he became vice president in 2009.
“His deep, diverse experience and ability to work with people from across the political spectrum is exactly what I need from a White House chief of staff as we face this moment of crisis and bring our country back together,” said Biden.
59-year-old Klain also worked with Biden when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was then Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore.
Under President Barack Obama in 2014, Klain coordinated the White House’s response to the Ebola crisis.
In the same statement from the Biden transition team, Klain said it was “the honor of a lifetime” to be named Biden’s chief of staff.
“I look forward to helping him and the vice president-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House as we address their ambitious agenda for change and seek to heal the divisions in our country,” said Klain .
President Donald Trump lost the November 3rd election after all major U.S. media projections, but has so far refused to admit and is leading a widespread legal battle to dismiss the result.
A key government agency, the General Services Administration, has also refused to officially recognize that Biden is the president-elect and is holding up funding and collaboration for Biden’s transition process.
The Klain election received rave reviews from Democrats and even a prominent Republican voice.
Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren called Klain a “super election” for the chief of staff because he “understands the scale of the health and economic crisis and has the experience to lead this next administration through this crisis.”
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt described Klain as “a great choice for the president-elect” and a “serious student” of pandemic risk.
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