Ricchetti will succeed Bruce Reed, who is stepping down in mid-December to become president of the Los Angeles-based Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
In a statement issued by the White House, Biden said he is also promoting Shailagh Murray to deputy chief of staff; she will retain her position as communications director.
Ricchetti has been Biden’s counselor since March 2012. He was White House deputy chief of staff in the Clinton administration and also served as the principal legislative liaison between the Clinton White House and the Senate.
“Steve and I have been friends for years, and I was thrilled when he joined my staff as counselor,” Biden said in a statement. “He has a wealth of experience in policy and government, he knows Congress, and he has strong relationships with the West Wing staff.”
Ricchetti co-founded Ricchetti Inc., a government relations and consulting firm in Washington, in 2001. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has a law degree from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Murray joined Biden’s staff in May 2011 after working as a reporter for 20 years at the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Reed became Biden’s chief of staff in January 2011 and led the vice president’s team through a series of budget negotiations. He helped Biden shape recommendations that led to President Barack Obama’s 23 executive actions to tighten gun laws.
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