Rep. Cedric Richmond to join Biden administration

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondPadilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Bottom line Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance MORE (D-La.) is joining the Biden administration, two sources familiar with the situation confirmed to The Hill.

One source told The Hill that Richmond, who was one of the co-chairs for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE's campaign, will assume a senior role similar to that of Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Richmond says new pandemic relief bill should be passed before Christmas Progressive group Justice Democrats criticizes Biden appointments MORE in the Obama administration. Jarrett was known to be a close confidant of former President Obama while also heading the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs during his presidency.

“I think it's great,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said when asked about the news. “I really believe that he played a very significant role in that campaign. And he is very gifted, very energetic. And he's just at that transitional age."


The news was first reported by Bloomberg and NBC News Monday evening.

In the House, the 47-year-old represents Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which encompasses most of New Orleans. He’s expected to announce his new role at a press conference tomorrow morning, according to Bloomberg.

Amie Parnes and Scott Wong contributed.