Biden adds new senior adviser amid staff reshuffle

Vice President Biden has hired former Obama campaign operative Greg Schultz as his new senior adviser, part of a staff reshuffle necessitated by the departure of his chief of staff.

Schultz, who started Monday, served as the Ohio state director for the Obama-Biden reelection campaign, and served as the deputy political director for the campaign's Ohio operations in 2008. A former aide to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Schultz worked as the state's regulatory ombudsman. 

He was also executive director of Business Forward, a group that organized meetings between corporate interests and administration officials. Founded by veteran Democratic operative Jim Doyle, the group facilitated briefings for member companies.

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He'll take over the role of vice presidential counselor from Steve Ricchetti, who moved up to chief of staff after the departure of Bruce Reed.

Reed left the vice president's office to become president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. 

Ricchetti is a former senior adviser to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and also served as President Clinton's deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant for legislative affairs. A longtime Washington hand, he served as executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the early 1990s.

 

Schultz's hire was first reported by Politico.