U.S. President-elect Joe Biden appointed senior Democratic official Ron Klain as his chief of staff and assistant to the president on Wednesday.
Klain is one of Biden’s closest confidants and first worked for the Democrat in 1989 when he was a US senator. He was responsible for the Barack Obama administration’s response to the Ebola health crisis in 2014, when Biden was vice president.
A fierce critic of Republican President Donald Trump’s handling of the new coronavirus pandemic, Klain was expected to be a key figure in Biden’s response to the health crisis.
“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years we have worked together, including rescuing the US economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcoming a frightening public health situation in 2014,” Biden said in a statement.
Klain said in a statement: “It is an honor to serve President-elect Biden in this role, and I am humbled by his trust. I look forward to helping him and the elected vice president put together a talented and diverse team to work in the White House. “
Klain was Biden’s Vice President and was most recently a senior adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.