Joe Biden names Democratic operative Ron Klain as his chief of staff

Ron Klain and Joe Biden
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President-elect Joe Biden announced on Wednesday night he has chosen his chief of staff.

Biden has chosen Ron Klain, 59, a lawyer and veteran Democratic operative who first worked for Biden in 1989 when he was a senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Klain also worked for Biden when he first became vice president under former president Barack Obama.

Klain served as an unpaid senior adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign and led Biden’s debate preparation.

Biden said in a statement, "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. 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.”

Klain said in a statement, "It's the honor of a lifetime to serve President-elect Biden in this role, and I am humbled by his confidence. I look forward to helping him and the Vice President-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House, as we tackle their ambitious agenda for change, and seek to heal the divides in our country."