Bruce Reed, an influential voice for moderation in the Democratic Party, is Vice President Joe Biden's new chief of staff.
Reed, who most recently worked as executive director of President Obama's deficit commission, succeeds longtime Biden loyalist Ron Klain, now bound for a job with former AOL Chairman Steve Case.
Reed has a deep resume. As a leading light for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, and then domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, he was widely respected as an intellectual force behind the "New Democrat" movement -- a bid to nudge the party toward stronger stands on national defense issues and also more business friendly policies. With Clinton, he worked on landmark welfare reform legislation that ended the much-maligned Aid to Families With Dependent Children program.
Reed's hiring is more evidence that the Obama White House is inching toward the political center as the president shuffles the senior staff. Reed's appointment follows the naming of another moderate, onetime Clinton cabinet member William Daley, as White House chief of staff.
"I've known and admired Bruce for over 20 years," Biden said in a statement. "We worked closely together to pass the crime bill in the 1990s (when Biden was a senator) and I've frequently sought his advice and counsel in the years since."
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