Biden announces staff changes

Posted by Lesley Clark on November 13, 2013 

Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Bruce Reed is departing and will be succeeded by senior aide Steve Ricchetti, the vice president's office said.

Ricchetti has served as counselor to Biden since March 2012. Reed will leave in mid-December to become president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Biden also announced that Shailagh J. Murray will become his deputy chief of staff, while continuing in her current role as communications director. “Steve and I have been friends for years, and I was thrilled when he joined my staff as counselor,” Biden said. “He has a wealth of experience in policy and government, he knows Congress, and he has strong relationships with the West Wing staff. I’m lucky to have him.” Ricchetti’s career has included positions on Capitol Hill, the Clinton administration as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, and 10 years at the helm of an independent public affairs firm.

Murray, who has run the vice president's communications operation since May 2011, worked as a journalist for 20 years at the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Reed joined the veep's staff in January 2011 and has led his team through a series of budget negotiations, the re-election campaign and a nearly year-long process to tighten gun laws, which resulted in no new laws, but 23 executive actions.

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