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Biden’s Longtime Chief of Staff Ron Klain Is Stepping Down

  • Klain plans to leave around time of Feb. 7 State of the Union
  • New aide arrives as Biden prepares to launch reelection bid
Ron Klain

Ron Klain

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden announced he is picking Jeff Zients as his next chief of staff, ushering in a new top aide as he prepares to launch a reelection bid while contending with a divided Congress.

Zients is replacing longtime chief of staff, Ron Klain, who announced Friday that he would step down from his post around the time of the Feb. 7 State of the Union address next month. Klain, in a letter to White House staff, said he would leave after “completing an orderly hand-off to my successor.”