Ron Klain Tapped as Joe Biden's Chief of Staff
By Ceci Connolly
Washington insider and former vice presidential chief of staff Ronald Klain has been tapped to reprise his Clinton-era White House role and will be Joe Biden's chief of staff, a Democratic official familiar with the agreement confirms.
Though he does not have a long history with Barack Obama, several Democrats said Klain drew the president-elect's attention when he assisted with debate preparation this fall. It is a role Klain also played in the 2004 campaign of Sen. John Kerry.
"He's organized, he's smart, he's savvy about how things work in the city," Kerry said in an interview Thursday. "But he's got basic values and principles that guide him and drive him."
Klain has worked in all three branches of government, as well as serving most recently as executive vice president and general counsel of Revolution Health, a consumer-oriented, online health and wellness company founded by Steve Case.
A Harvard-trained lawyer who also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White, Klain moved to Tennessee for a stint in 2000 to operate the Gore campaign's "boiler room," the fast-paced command center modeled after the 1992 Clinton-Gore war room, and was deeply involved in the Florida recount battle that followed the 2000 election.
Posted at 5:44 PM ET on Nov 13, 2008
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