November 13, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff—turning to a longtime adviser and Ebola Czar under President Barack Obama as he prepares his incoming administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Biden’s decision to choose Klain as his first senior staff appointment underscores his plan to focus on COVID-19 and its economic fallout. Klain organized the task force of public health experts who Biden navigate the pandemic during the presidential campaign; and was heavily involved in crafting the incoming president’s agenda and preparations for the fall debates.
Klain, 59, served as chief of staff to then-Vice President Biden from 2009 through 2011; and previously worked as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. During the Obama Administration, he played a behind-the-scenes role in the administration’s economic-recovery efforts and in the administration’s economic-recovery efforts and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” said President-elect Joe Biden in a statement on his transition website, adding, “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again.”
“It’s the honor of a lifetime to serve President-elect Biden in this role, and I am humbled by his confidence. 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 tackle their ambitious agenda for change, and seek to heal the divides in our country,” said Ron Klain.
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