Biden names Clinton veteran Reed as chief of staff

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 14 at 11:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has named a centrist Democrat, veteran of the Clinton administration and Idaho native as his chief of staff.

Bruce Reed served as chief domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, helping secure passage of landmark welfare reform and Clinton's education agenda. He most recently was executive director of President Barack Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission.

Reed, the son of former Idaho state Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d'Alene and Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, has a long working relationship with the vice president. He helped then-Sen. Biden craft the 1994 Biden Crime Bill.

Reed replaces Ron Klain, who left Biden's office earlier this month.

Reed's appointment comes amid wider staff changes throughout the White House. The president also has a new chief of staff in business executive William Daley.

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