2020 | Government

Biden’s choice for chief of staff is Chevy Chase resident

Klain will lead White House team

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Ron Klain in 2009, when he was chief of staff for then-Vice President Joe Biden

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Ron Klain, a Chevy Chase resident and former chief of staff for President-elect Joe Biden when he was vice president, has been chosen as Biden’s chief of staff for the White House.

Klain will serve as a senior adviser and oversee the Executive Office of the President in his new role, according to a Wednesday press release from Biden’s transition office.

In a statement released Wednesday, Biden said Klain has been “invaluable” to him in the years that they worked together.

“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,” he wrote.

Klain most recently served as senior advisor to Biden for the presidential campaign. Before working on Biden’s campaign, he was executive vice president and general counsel of Revolution LLC.

“It’s the honor of a lifetime to serve President-elect Biden in his role, and I am humbled by his confidence,” Klain said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.

During his time at the White House, Klain also served as the White House Ebola Response Coordinator in 2014 and 2015.

Klain has held several other positions, including chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee between 1989 and 1992 and policy advisor on the Judiciary Committee staff between 1986 and 1987.

Klain also advised Biden during the President-elect’s 1988 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

Klain has served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore, chief of staff and counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno, staff director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and associate counsel to President Bill Clinton.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.