Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in the United States has added former Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg, as well as senior officials who served under President Barack Obama, to an expanded transition team in the White House.
Biden added four new co-chairs to the team led by longtime ally Ted Kaufman: New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Obama economic adviser Jeffrey Zients, Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond and his campaign advisor, Anita Dunn.
He also named Buttigieg, a military veteran and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the advisory board, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser who was on the shortlist to be Biden’s vice president. .
“We are preparing for this transition against the backdrop of a global health crisis and a struggling economy,” Kaufman said.
“This is a transition like no other, and the team being assembled will help Joe Biden address the pressing challenges our country faces from day one. ”
Kaufman said the expertise of advisory board members will help Biden respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which continues to ravage the United States, and the economic recession.
Former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, who advised Biden on the pandemic response, has also joined the transition team.
Zients was tasked with taking over after the botched deployment of Obamacare’s registration website in 2013.
Lujan Grisham has a background in health and aging and has led his state’s response to the coronavirus.
Other new members of the transition team include Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers; Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Tony Allen, president of the historically black Delaware State University.