KEY POINTS

  • Seven staff picks for President-elect Biden announced
  • We highlighted 13 could-be officials already
  • Biden last week announced his choice for chief of staff

One sitting congressman and some long-time supporters who worked on the Biden campaign will have new jobs in the White House next year, the president-elect's transition team announced Tuesday.

Joe Biden last week introduced Ron Klain as his chief of staff, starting the long process of filling up his White House staff before he takes office on Jan. 20. Klain, who worked in the Obama administration, is a seasoned Democratic operative who served with Biden when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2014, Klain coordinated the White House response to the Ebola crisis.

International Business Times on Nov. 10 drafted brief bios on 13 people that would likely fill the top ranks in the Biden administration. The Biden team announced formal positions for some of those individuals.

Biden has picked Mike Donilon as a senior adviser. He was among Biden's chief strategists on the campaign trail and served as a one-time adviser to Biden when he was vice president.

Steve Ricchetti will serve as a counselor to the president. He was among the planners for Biden when he was considering a bid for the White House in 2016. Ricchetti has served as a lobbyist, which may prompt some questions.

Elected to the U.S. House in 2010, CBS News reported that Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., will run the office of public engagement. Richmond was the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair to the transition team for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Jen O’Malley Dillion, a Biden campaign manager, will join the Biden administration as a deputy chief of staff. Deputy campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez will become the director of the White House office of intergovernmental affairs.

Dana Remus is set to become a counsel to the president. Remus previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and worked for the Obama Foundation, a non-profit group founded by the former president in 2014.

Annie Tomasini, Biden’s traveling chief of staff on the campaign, will direct Oval Office Operations for the next president.

Several top roles were filled for presumptive first lady Jill Biden as well.

There are 64 days before Biden takes the oath of office. The General Services Administration, which helps facilitate the transfer of power from one president to the next, has yet to recognize Biden’s victory, thwarting some of the transition processes.

US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped congressman Cedric Richmond (L) as senior advisor to the president as part of a series of appointments to fill out his White House before his inauguration on January 20, 2021 US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped congressman Cedric Richmond (L) as senior advisor to the president as part of a series of appointments to fill out his White House before his inauguration on January 20, 2021 Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON