Names: Deficit Commission executive director to run Biden’s office
Vice President Joseph Biden has chosen Bruce Reed as his new chief of staff. Reed just completed a stint as the executive director of President Obama’s commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, known as the deficit commission. "I’ve known and admired Bruce for over 20 years," Biden said in a press release. "We worked closely together ...
Vice President Joseph Biden has chosen Bruce Reed as his new chief of staff. Reed just completed a stint as the executive director of President Obama's commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, known as the deficit commission.
Vice President Joseph Biden has chosen Bruce Reed as his new chief of staff. Reed just completed a stint as the executive director of President Obama’s commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, known as the deficit commission.
"I’ve known and admired Bruce for over 20 years," Biden said in a press release. "We worked closely together to pass the crime bill in the 1990s and I’ve frequently sought his advice and counsel in the years since. He brings a unique blend of experience and perspective to this position and his leadership will be a tremendous asset to my office, and to the entire White House."
Reed was a domestic policy advisor to President Bill Clinton. The White House said Reed "worked closely with then-Senator Biden to help craft and win passage of the 1994 Biden crime bill." Before that, he was a top Clinton-Gore campaign staffer and served on Al Gore’s Senate staff from 1985 to 1989.
From 2001 until his appointment to the deficit commission nine months ago, Reed was the CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council.
"I’m very excited to join Vice President Biden’s team, and to work with the fine staff he has assembled. I’m thrilled that he asked me to take on this role, and I look forward to helping him advance the important agenda of the Obama-Biden administration," Reed said, according to the press release.
Former Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain left the White House last week to become the president of the investment firm Case Holdings. Biden also announced Friday that Mike Donilon, the brother of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, will return as Biden’s counselor.
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