January 27, 2023

NEW OPENING: Who will replace Ron Klain as President Biden’s Chief Of Staff?

NEW OPENING: Who will replace Ron Klain as President Biden's Chief Of Staff?

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Ronald Klain, President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff (COS), will be stepping down from the role in the coming weeks, according to his closest colleagues.

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His departure will make Klain the second high-profile member of the Biden administration to leave the White House before the end of its term, after former Press Secretary Jen Psaki resigned in May of 2022.

As Senior Adviser, Klain helped guide President Biden’s often difficult 2020 campaign to victory and was the obvious choice to serve as COS.

Despite their successes, the Biden administration’s first two years in the White House-which began with the first unpeaceful transfer of power in American history–have often been grueling and have reportedly taken their toll on Klain.

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He certainly will have his choice of gigs once he’s had time to decompress from the White House, as Klain’s CV is an impressive one.

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Previously chief of staff to two vice presidents, (Al Gore from 1995 to 1999 and then-VP Biden from 2009 to 2011), he was also appointed by President Barack Obama as the White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014 to 2015.

That experience also made Klain uniquely qualified to help the Biden administration craft its action plan to combat the lies the Trump administration had spread about COVID-19 and potential false remedies.

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Klain most likely will step down after the President delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on February 7th, but so far no replacements have been announced.

According to reports from senior White House officials, potential names being suggested for Klain’s successor include:

  • Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh
  • Former Gov. Jack A. Markell of Delaware
  • Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to President Biden (who is said to have told colleagues that she doesn’t want the position)
  • Steven J. Ricchetti, the counselor to the President
  • Jeffrey D. Zients, the administration’s former coronavirus response coordinator
  • Susan Rice, the White House domestic policy adviser
  • Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

On a personal note, Ron Klain and I have been mutual followers on Twitter for a long time, and he was kind enough to help me get on the White House Press Office email list so that I could cover President Biden in Portland (twice).

Ron Klain is THE standard of what a public servant should be, always leading with kindness and integrity while putting the country’s best interests first.

Twitter users gave Ron the props he most definitely deserves.

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Tara Dublin is a woefully unrepresented writer who thinks more people would read her cool rock & roll love story inspired by Dave Grohl than any ghostwritten GOP crapbook, agents & publishers. Follow Tara on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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