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Biden names Susan Rice head of Domestic Policy Council to tackle issues; a departure from her foreign policy background

Susan Rice in 2007. (New America/Flickr)
December 10, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden announced five new key administration officials on Thursday, including former ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, to a top domestic policy role.

Rice will serve as Biden’s Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Rice served as UN ambassador during the Obama administration. She also served a State department role during the Clinton administration.

Biden also announced four other administration nominees:

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Denis McDonough for Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Katherine Tai for United States Trade Representative

President-elect Joe Biden said, “This dedicated and distinguished group of public servants will bring the highest level of experience, compassion, and integrity to bear, solving problems and expanding possibilities for the American people in the face of steep challenges. The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road — where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security, and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans. This is the right team for this moment in history, and I know that each of these leaders will hit the ground running on day one to take on the interconnected crises families are facing today.”

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said, “Over the past few weeks, President-elect Biden and I have announced members of our administration who will help contain this pandemic, responsibly open our economy, and keep our nation safe and secure. The administration members we are announcing today will help us meet a range of other challenges — from helping make sure no American goes hungry to putting affordable housing within reach for all to caring for veterans and their families and advancing our ideals of opportunity and equality. These deeply experienced public servants reflect the best of our nation, and will be ready to hit the ground running on day one to rebuild our country in a way that lifts up all Americans.”