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VP Biden Names Bruce Reed as New Chief of Staff

Photo Courtesy - Democratic Leadership Council(WASHINGTON) -- Bruce Reed, CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council, executive director of the Bowles-Simpson “debt commission,” and former chief domestic policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, has been named chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.

Reed was introduced to Biden’s senior staff this morning in outgoing chief of staff Ron Klain’s office.

Biden has known Reed for 24 years. Then-Sen. Biden hired Reed to work on his 1988 campaign, and between the time that Reed accepted and started work, Reed’s boss at the time -- then-Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn. -- got in the race. So Reed never made the move to the Biden campaign.

Reed worked closely with the vice president on the Crime Bill in 1994 when Reed had a lead policy role at the Clinton White House, and Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Biden’s office announced last week that Klain would be stepping down from his position later this month to become the president of Case Holdings, the investment company of AOL co-founder Steve Case.

Klain was considered by many to be a key, powerful player in the Obama White House. He has had a long career in Washington, from his days on Capitol Hill to his tenure as Al Gore's chief of staff when he was vice president. He later served as a top Gore aide during the 2000 presidential campaign.

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