Biden adviser Cedric Richmond set to leave White House

“I am delighted that the President has assigned me the task of helping to reinforce the solid work already done at the DNC to ensure that Democrats increase their majority in the House and Senate and increase the number of Democratic governors in the state capitals across the country,” Richmond said in a statement to CNN.

Biden and the DNC, Richmond said, “are working hand-in-hand to build a strong Democratic Party and get our message out to the American people and support Democrats.”

“I look forward to working in partnership with (DNC Chairman) Jaime (Harrison) and the talented and hardworking team at the DNC to amplify the message from the White House as we head into the midterms,” ​​said continued Richmond.

Richmond will serve as a senior adviser to the DNC — a role like the one he had during the 2020 campaign, a Biden adviser said. Richmond is expected to travel the country to help the DNC raise funds while acting as a national surrogate for Biden and the Democratic Party.

A source familiar with his decision said Richmond should join the private sector.

Harrison said in a statement that “there are few people more capable of helping us continue to build on our successes and carry our message as we head into the midterm elections.”

“We look forward to Cedric joining our already strong team as we continue to work in close partnership with the White House and our sister committees to protect and expand our Democratic majorities. The Democratic Party is all in and leaves nothing to chance,” he added.

Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the House Majority Whip, called Richmond’s new job an “exciting and important move” ahead of November’s midterm elections.

The New York Times was the first to report details of Richmond’s planned departure.

Richmond, a former Democratic congressman from Louisiana, joined the White House early in the administration and will become one of the few advisers close to Biden to leave his post.

Richmond played golf with the president on Sunday in Delaware and has publicly said he would only quit his White House job if Biden asked him to. He is one of the highest-ranking black aides to the president and has often served as an audience for administration policies in front of the press.

And as a former congressman and early campaign supporter, Richmond has become a critical House Democratic leadership line for Biden.

Prior to joining the administration, he served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chairman of Biden’s presidential campaign. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee, was a member of the New Democratic Party coalition, and served as the House Democratic Assistant to the Majority Whip.

Personnel changes at the White House

The news of Richmond’s planned departure comes amid several personnel changes within the White House and the Biden administration.
The vice president’s office has faced a number of personnel changes in recent months, but more recently CNN reported last week that Kamala Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, is expected to leave this spring.

The White House is also preparing a series of staff moves as officials prepare for a possible Republican takeover of Congress.

One of Biden’s closest advisers, Anita Dunn, is expected to return to the West Wing before the midterm elections. Dunn previously worked in administration on a short-term basis. While the details of his comeback are still being finalized, Dunn is expected to return full-time this time, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ian Sams, who currently works at the Department of Health and Human Services, is also joining the Office of the White House Legal Counsel in a communications role.

Sams previously served as a spokesperson for Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign, where he developed a reputation for being outspoken and at times having a combative style, traits that could come in handy in the face of aggressive demands from Republicans.

This story was updated with additional reports on Monday.

CNN’s MJ Lee and Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.


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