Joe Biden Names Longtime Aide As His White House Chief Of Staff

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Ron Klain, who served as chief of staff to Joe Biden in the Obama administration and as a senior adviser to Biden's 2020 campaign, will be the next White House Chief of Staff.

© Mark Wilson/Getty Images, FILE Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, left, joined by Vice President Joseph Biden, speaks during a meeting regarding Ebola at the Eisenhower Executive office building, November 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Klain will reportedly manage the incoming White House through a pandemic that is surging across the country, once again filling hospital beds and threatening the economy.

In 2014, Klain was tapped to lead the Obama administration's response to the Ebola virus, despite having no background in public health.

Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain as his chief of staff.

"I'm honored by the President-elect's confidence and will give my all to lead a talented and diverse team in a Biden-Harris WH", Klain tweeted.

During the campaign Klain was one of the public faces of the Biden team's response to the pandemic.

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Klain served as Biden's first Chief of Staff when he became Vice President (2009-11); Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his tenure as Chair of the Committee (1989-92); and Policy Advisor on the Judiciary Committee staff (1986-87).

Other names on Biden's short list are said to be Steve Richetti - a candidate opposed by progressives for his work as a lobbyist - and Bruce Reed, also both former chiefs of staff to Biden.

At the conclusion of his work coordinating the United States response, President Obama said that Klain had taken on "a challenge that many called insurmountable, and, in leading the team responsible for tremendous progress, helped remind the world what makes America exceptional".

The New York Times pointed out that Klain, who was described as President Barack Obama's "Ebola Czar", has "been a sharp critic of President Trump's handling of the coronavirus".

When President Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, Klain joined the White House as an associate counsel.

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