Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond Is Leaving the White House
April 25, 2022
Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to President Biden, is expected to step down from his position next month, becoming one of the first senior White House aides to leave the administration as Democrats brace for a difficult midterm election.
Mr. Richmond has informed Mr. Biden of his intentions, according to Democrats familiar with the conversation. Mr. Richmond expected to enter the private sector but also will be a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, which has not forged a close relationship with the White House.
“I am thrilled that the president has entrusted me with helping boost the robust work already being done at the D.N.C. to make sure that Democrats grow their majorities in the House and Senate, and increase the number of Democratic governors in state capitals around the country,” Mr. Richmond said in a statement Monday evening, adding that he looked forward to amplifying “the White House’s message as we head toward the midterms.”
In his new role, Mr. Richmond is expected to travel the country to raise funds for Democrats and act as a surrogate for the Biden administration.
Earlier on Monday, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, alluded to Mr. Richmond’s new position, telling reporters that when the press office has “something to announce, it will involve a new important role for Cedric Richmond,” something the president is “excited about and has asked him to do.”
Cedric Levan Richmond (born September 13, 1973) is an American attorney, politician, and political advisor who served as a senior advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in the Biden administration. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the U.S. representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2021. His district included most of New Orleans.
Richmond was a national co-chair of the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign. On November 17, 2020, he announced that he would join the Biden administration as Senior Advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. His resignation became official on January 15, 2021. His departure triggered a 2021 special election. Justice Democrats criticized Richmond's appointment, alleging that he was one of the top Democratic recipients of donations from the fossil fuel industry.
In an interview before Biden's swearing-in, Richmond noted his potential work in reaching out to conservatives in different parts of the country. Richmond was reportedly working with the Biden administration on addressing reparations for slavery.
Richmond resigned from the White House on May 18, 2022, for a job at the Democratic National Committee.