Keisha Lance Bottoms will join the White House as Biden’s top adviser

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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is joining the Biden administration, succeeding Cedric L. Richmond as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, according to a White House official familiar with the matter. move, who spoke on condition of anonymity. to confirm it.

Bottoms told Axios, which first broke the news, that she plans to do “more listening than anything” in her new role, in which she will be responsible for coordinating “two-way dialogue” on challenges. and policies between the White House and the communities. around the country.

“It’s important that people feel their voice is reflected and their voice is heard,” Bottoms told the outlet.

Bottoms is considered a rising star in Democratic politics and was on President Biden’s 2020 shortlist of candidates being considered for vice president. It came as a surprise to many when she announced last year that she would not seek to be re-elected as mayor of Atlanta and said, at the time, that she was “not yet sure what the future holds.”

Bottoms and Richmond were among Biden’s earliest supporters in his presidential campaign and later high-profile campaign surrogates.

Richmond, one of Biden’s closest political allies, left his post in the spring to become a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, to help Democrats raise funds and to serve as a liaison between the DNC and the White House before the midterm elections. Richmond agreed to take on this role at Biden’s request.

Richmond joined the White House as director of its Office of Public Engagement after Biden’s inauguration and quickly became a top surrogate for the administration – frequently appearing on political shows to defend the president’s policies. — as well as a trusted intermediary between the White House and Congress.

Prior to joining the White House, Richmond represented Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district for a decade and served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2017 to 2019.


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