Rep. Cedric Richmond to join Biden administration

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet 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 BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE's campaign, will assume a senior role similar to that of Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettRichmond says new pandemic relief bill should be passed before Christmas Progressive group Justice Democrats criticizes Biden appointments Richmond chides Trump administration on transition, officially announces new role in Biden WH 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.