Jeffrey Zients replaces Ron Klain as Biden’s chief of staff

Jeffrey Zients takes the call.
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According to multiple reports Sunday, former Biden administration COVID coordinator Jeffrey Zients will replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff. Klain is expected to step down from New York in the coming weeks Just reported Saturday. The transition will mark the first and probably the most significant change in Joe Biden’s senior staff since the president took office just over two years ago.

Zients left the White House in April after leading the administration’s COVID response, then returned in the fall to work with Klain on personnel issues. The Washington post Office reports that “Klain has given him various projects over the past few weeks that some saw as preparation for the pinnacle role.” It also sounds like that pinnacle role will come with a little less responsibility if the Biden team is loud Insiders are beginning to go into re-election campaign mode.

the Just reported Saturday that “Mr. Klain is proud that he’s lasted longer than any other Democratic president’s first chief of staff in more than half a century.” presidency – including the fall of two chiefs of staff.

Klain, 61, is seen as a critical force behind the Biden administration’s legislative victories and several other key initiatives, including its response to the pandemic. The longtime Biden aide was also by far the most prolific (and notable) White House Twitter user. Zients, 56, doesn’t tweet — like not at all.

Zients, a former management consultant who originally served in the Obama administration, then returned to the private sector, including on the board of Facebook. He eventually joined the Biden campaign, served as co-chair of its transition team, and then took over the US COVID response and led the vaccine’s rollout in the country.

This post has been updated to include the news that Zients will be replacing Klain.