Biden fills positions with campaign collaborators

President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday a series of appointments to top White House positions, appointing senior campaign officials and some of his closest associates to fill a diverse team.

The Democrat confirmed his former campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon as deputy chief of staff, while the campaign’s co-chair, Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, and aide Steve Richetti will hold senior positions in the new administration. Richmond will leave his legislative bench in Louisiana to take up his new position.

Biden further announced that Mike Donilon, a veteran contributor, will be one of his top advisers; Dana Remus, campaign legal advisor, will serve as legal advisor to the president; Julie Chavez, who held an important role in the campaign, will be the director of the White House Office for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Annie Tomasini, currently Biden’s roving chief of staff, will be the director of operations for the office of the presidency. .

Anthony Bernal will serve as the senior adviser to First Lady Jill Biden, after being her chief of staff on the campaign, and Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, former Obama ambassador to Uruguay, will serve as Jill Biden’s chief of staff.

The new hires represent an initial group of what will eventually become hundreds of new White House aides as Biden forms an administration to execute his vision for government. The Democrat will take office on January 20.

At the end of last week, Biden appointed his former campaign adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff.

The new round of appointments reflects Biden’s stated commitment to diversity on its staff: the team includes four people of color and five women.

“America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a common commitment to address those challenges and emerge on the other side as a stronger, more united nation,” Biden said in a statement.

O’Malley Dillon, 44, was the first woman to run a successful Democratic presidential campaign. She is a veteran political operator who worked on both Obama campaigns.

Rodriguez, granddaughter of the late agrarian leader César Chávez, was the national political director of Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential team before moving on to the Biden campaign and worked in the Obama administration.

Richmond, a 47-year-old African-American, will be a top adviser to the president and will lead the White House office on public interactions charges. It is expected to liaise with Congress and focus on the black community and other minority groups.

Richmond formally announced that he will assume his new position at a press conference at a regional airport in New Orleans. He said he will leave his seat in Congress in January.