November 13, 2008

Former Gore Aide to Head Biden’s Staff

Ronald Klain, who served as chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore, has agreed to hold the same post for Joe Biden.

Klain's appointment, announced Thursday, adds another veteran of the Clinton White House to Barack Obama's administration-to-be, Politico reported. He began working for President Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign.

A summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown, Klain went to Harvard Law School, where, like Obama, he edited the law review. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

After playing a major role in the 2000 Florida recount, Klain joined the Washington law firm O'Melveny & Myers L.L.P. He played a part in Sen. John Kerry's campaign in 2004, leading the debate-preparation effort.

Biden and his wife, Jill, were scheduled to visit the official vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory Thursday afternoon. Biden was to meet with Vice President Dick Cheney and to get a tour of the house from Cheney and his wife, Lynn.