Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State: Report

Written by Martin Walsh

Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will reportedly name longtime aide Tony Blinken as secretary of state. 

Blinken was staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 2000s when Biden was the top Democrat on the panel.

In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser.

Both Sullivan, who is 43, and Blinken, 58, served stints as Biden’s national security adviser when he was vice president.

The president’s national security adviser is one of the most important and powerful jobs in the White House, leading a staff of dozens of experts drawn from the government’s military, diplomatic, and intelligence agencies who develop U.S. foreign and military policy.

And Biden chose Blinken, a loyalist who has worked with him for years, and Sullivan, who has been referred to as a top ally to Clinton.

Last week, Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond announced he’s resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives and will be joining the Biden administration as a senior adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Biden-Harris campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon will serve as deputy White House chief of staff.

Senior campaign strategist and longtime political adviser Mike Donilon will serve as a senior adviser to Biden.

Longtime Biden-Harris aide Steve Ricchetti has been selected as a counselor to the president.

Biden-Harris general counsel Dana Remus has been tapped to be the counsel to the president.

Biden-Harris deputy campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez will join as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Biden campaign traveling chief of staff and longtime Biden aide Annie Tomasini will be the director of Oval Office operations.

Anthony Bernal, a deputy campaign manager and chief of staff to Jill Biden during the campaign, will serve as a senior adviser to the incoming first lady.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, a partner at the law firm of Winston and Strawn who served as U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and as deputy assistant secretary of state during the Obama administration, will serve as Jill Biden’s chief of staff.

Biden has selected his longtime aide Ronald Klain to serve as White House chief of staff in his incoming administration.

Klain will serve as a senior adviser to Biden and help to build out the administration’s leadership team.

The Democratic operative previously worked as a senior adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign and served as the former vice president’s chief of staff within the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

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