President-elect Joe BIden is beginning to fill more senior White House jobs, after tapping longtime adviser Ron Klain as his chief of staff last week.
Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon is coming aboard as White House deputy chief of staff, according to someone familiar with the decision. O'Malley Dillon previously served as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign manager in the 2020 presidential primary and as executive director of the Democratic National Committee. The news was first reported by NBC News.
She'll be joined in West Wing by Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is planning to leave his congressional seat for a senior adviser role focused on public engagement, according two sources familiar with the decision.
The Louisiana Democrat, a national co-chair to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, will focus on outreach with grassroots organizations, public interest groups and advocacy groups, including the NAACP. He's also expected to serve as a liaison with the business community and climate change activists.
Bloomberg News first reported on Richmond's new role.
Richmond has scheduled a news conference Tuesday in his home district, where he's expected to announce he's stepping down.
The move was lauded by South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the most senior Black Democrat in the House and one of Biden's key allies during the 2020 campaign. "I think everybody knows I've been pushing him for this administration forever," Clyburn said. "I think it's very good for both the administration and him."
Antjuan Seawright, a South Carolina-based Democratic strategist, echoed Clyburn's assessment. "Cedric Richmond was part of the nerve center of the campaign from day one," Seawright said. "I would give him a lion's share of the credit why Joe Biden was so heavily engaged in the 2018 midterms and part of the reason Biden prioritized voters of color."
Sarah Ferris contribute to this report.