Administration

Harris selects Tina Flournoy as chief of staff: report

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has selected Tina Flournoy, currently chief of staff to former President Clinton, as her chief of staff, CNN reported Tuesday.

Flournoy, a Georgetown Law graduate, previously served as an adviser to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean in 2005. She worked as chief counsel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton administration and as assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers union.

The appointment is the latest of several high-profile Black women appointed to Harris's staff. That list includes communications director Ashley Etienne and chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders.

Journalist Yashar Ali, who first reported Flournoy's appointment, noted that she is part of a group of Black women who have served in every Democratic presidential campaign since the 1980s. That group also includes former acting DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, former White House Director of Political Affairs Minyon Moore and former Dean chief of staff Leah Daughtry.

President-elect Joe Biden, meanwhile, has named an all-female communications team and has nominated the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence.

"It looks like, now, a Cabinet that will reflect the strengths and diversity and the skills of Americans of all backgrounds," Brazile said this week.

"It also, I think, signals that women and others will have more than folding chairs, they will have actual seats at the table in the Cabinet room," Brazile added, referencing a quote from the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.), "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."

The Biden transition team told The Hill it has no new personnel announcements when reached for comment.

--Updated at 9:41 a.m.

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