Sources close to the matter report that Ron Klain, White House chief of staff for President Joe Biden, intends to depart his position in the upcoming weeks. According to Reuters, this represents a significant change in leadership.
The sources confirmed a New York Times report stating that Klain had notified Biden of his intentions and will probably leave after the president’s State of the Union speech on February 7.
Klain, 61, has a lengthy experience at the White House, having worked as the chief of staff for both Biden and former Vice President Al Gore while they both held that position during the administration of President Barack Obama.
He is leaving as Biden gets ready to announce that he would run for re-election in 2024 for another four-year term, which is expected to happen after the State of the Union speech.
An extensive list of potential Klain replacements was provided by The Times, including Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Senior Advisor to Vice President Biden Anita Dunn, President’s Counsel Steve Richetti, Former Pandemic Coordinator Jeff Zients, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
As Biden spent the weekend at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home, the news started to spread.
One of the most crucial positions in the White House is that of the chief of staff, a senior political appointee in charge of advancing the president’s policy agenda and making sure the right staff personnel are appointed.
As the long days accumulate, the work may have a high burnout rate. Comparatively speaking, Ron Klain has been in office for a while. Republican Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor, went through four chiefs of staff over his four years in office, with Reince Priebus serving the longest—192 days—as his first.