O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, joined his team in March, supporting many of his primary rivals. She helped turn a shoestring primary company struggling to make money into a general election juggler, eventually making Donald Trump a one-time president. She was the first woman to lead the race for the winning Democratic presidency.
Ron Klein and CNN, who announced O’Malley Dillon as Biden’s incoming chief of staff last week, will leave Congress and join Republican Cedric Richmond as Biden hopes to take on a senior role in the White House.
O’Malley Dillon has long told friends that he was not interested in working in the West Wing after this campaign, but after working in top positions in several political campaigns – both the failed 2020 primary campaign of former Republican Beto O’Rourke and the Barack Obama presidential campaign – never worked in the Democratic operative White House.
That historical pull, a man familiar with her decision, proved too much to deny. O’Malley Dillon is expected to have an operations portfolio in the White House – the role Obama first played as Jim Messina.
She has held several senior positions in the universe of Democratic organizations, is the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and a founding partner at Democratic Consulting firm Precision Strategies.