Warren taps longtime aide as 2020 campaign manager

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE (D-Mass.) has chosen Roger Lau, a longtime aide and Democratic operative, to manage her 2020 presidential campaign, The Hill has confirmed.

Lau, 41, has held a number of positions in Warren’s orbit over the years, working on both of the Massachusetts Democrat’s Senate campaigns, including managing her 2018 reelection bid.


He also worked on former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryButtigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders MORE’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign.

In addition to Lau, Warren chose another longtime aide, Dan Geldon, as her campaign’s chief of staff, according to a person familiar with the decision. Geldon is a former chief of staff in Warren’s Senate office.

The hires were first reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday.

The decision to tap Lau to manage her presidential campaign is emblematic of Warren’s deep reliance on a tight-knit group of longtime aides.

“Roger and I have been together since my first days as a candidate for office, and it’s always been a fight from the heart. It’s what binds us together,” Warren said in a statement reported by the Globe.

“Roger believes in building a grassroots operation, and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

The news of Warren's decision comes days after she formalized her 2020 presidential campaign, announcing at a rally on Saturday that she was officially jumping into the Democratic nominating contest.

--Updated at 11:39 a.m.