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Top Biden aide Cedric Richmond to depart White House role

The former New Orleans congressman will take on a new role at the DNC.

Published: April 26, 2022 7:55am

Updated: April 26, 2022 8:19am

A top aide to President Joe Biden, Cedric Richmond, will resign from his post early next month in favor of a new role at the Democratic National Committee, NBC News confirmed via White House official.

Richmond, a former congressman from New Orleans, currently serves as the director of the Office of Public Engagement. He was a co-chairman of Biden's 2020 campaign and will be the highest-ranking Biden aide to depart his post since the president assumed office. 

At the DNC, Richmond will take on the role of senior adviser and travel across the country to help raise resources for the operation ahead of the November midterm. 

"We look forward to having Cedric join our already strong team as we continue to work in close partnership with the White House, and our sister committees to protect and expand our Democratic majorities," said DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison, who has reportedly clashed with White House aides a number of times since accepting his role. 

Richmond while in Congress was also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"The President and Chair Harrison are working hand-in-hand to build a strong Democratic Party and deliver our message to the American people and supporting Democrats. "I look forward to working in partnership with Jaime and the talented and hard-working crew at the DNC to amplify the White House’s message as we head toward the midterms," said Richmond in a statement Monday.

NBC reports that Richmond is looking forward to more time spent in his home city of New Orleans and the potential to earn more than the $180,000 salary cap for White House aides. 

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