President-elect Biden adds Obama administration veterans to top staff

President-elect Joe Biden is adding several Obama-Biden administration veterans to his top ranks as he continues to build out his White House team.

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Cathy Russell will serve as director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Carlos Elizondo (right), who was social secretary for Jill Biden during the Obama administration, will reprise his role (Photo: NBC/ VNA)

Cathy Russell, who was Jill Biden’s chief of staff during the Obama administration, will serve as director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, evaluating applicants for administration roles. Louisa Terrell, who served as a legislative adviser to the president in the Obama administration and worked as deputy chief of staff for Biden in the Senate, will be director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Terrell has already been engaged in Capitol Hill outreach as part of Biden’s transition team.

Carlos Elizondo, who was social secretary for Jill Biden during the Obama administration, will reprise his role and serve as social secretary for the incoming first lady.

In another development, President-elect Joe Biden has officially been declared the winner in the state of Georgia. The Associated Press news agency said late Thursday that Biden had secured Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes, stretching his lead to 306 Electoral College votes compared to US President Donald Trump’s 232.

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