Ron Klain is Joe Biden chief of staff pick

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Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden has named Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff.

Mr. Klain, who has a long history with Mr. Biden, was widely considered to be the frontrunner for the job.

“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Mr. Biden said. “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again.”

Mr. Klain, who served as a senior adviser to Mr. Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, said the appointment was the “honor of a lifetime.”

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