POLITICS: PennAve

Joe Biden taps new chief of staff

By |
Politics,White House,Vice President,Joe Biden,PennAve,Meghashyam Mali

Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Bruce Reed will leave his post next month and be replaced by senior aide Steve Ricchetti, the White House announced on Wednesday.

Ricchetti has served as counselor to Biden since March 2012. The White House also announced that Shailagh J. Murray, Biden’s communications director, will also assume the role of deputy chief of staff.

Biden welcomed his new top aide in a statement, saying that “Steve and I have been friends for years, and I was thrilled when he joined my staff as Counselor.”

“He has a wealth of experience in policy and government, he knows Congress, and he has strong relationships with the West Wing staff. I'm lucky to have him,” he added.

Ricchetti said it was a privilege to work with Biden and that he looked forward to “this new challenge.”

Ricchetti has a 30-year career has included stints on Capitol Hill and as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs during the Bill Clinton administration. He also worked in the private sector, running a public affairs firm, according to the White House.

He will replace Reed, who will move on to work as president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Reed joined the vice president's office in January 2011, and the White House touted his work aiding Biden in tough budget negotiations with Congress, and on the administration's review of federal gun laws, which was spearheaded by the vice president.

“I’ll long be grateful for Bruce’s ideas and wisdom,” Biden said of his outgoing chief of staff. “The middle class is stronger, the tax code is fairer, the deficit is smaller, and America is safer because of what this Administration has accomplished during his time here.”

View article comments Leave a comment