Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser

Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE announced Friday that Obama administration veteran and longtime aide Anita Dunn will serve in the White House as a senior adviser.

The Biden transition team announced Dunn's role as part of a slew of staffing announcements. 

Dunn, a veteran Democratic operative, worked as a chief strategist on the 2008 Obama campaign before serving as White House communications director. She became a close adviser to Biden during the Obama administration.


The Biden campaign last year elevated Dunn to a more senior role after the Iowa caucuses, where Biden finished in a disappointing fourth place.

Dunn is expected to work closely with the communications staff, though she is not expected to remain at the White House long-term.

Dunn is the latest Obama alum to join the Biden administration. The president-elect has stocked his team with veterans of the Obama administration in the early going.

Incoming White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee US refugee agency sees record number of migrants in February Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief MORE, Agriculture Secretary-designate Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, climate czar John KerryJohn KerryEconomic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine MORE and Susan RiceSusan RiceBiden, Rice hold roundtable with Black essential workers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers investigate Jan. 6 security failures Watch live: Biden holds roundtable with Black essential workers MORE, Biden's pick to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, each held prominent roles in the Obama administration.