Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today on the departure of Ron Klain and the naming of Jeff Zients as White House Chief of Staff:
“One of the most historic and productive first two years of a presidency in generations would not have been nearly as successful without Ron Klain by the President’s side. For the last two years, I have come to rely on Ron Klain’s judgement and opinion nearly as much as President Biden has. I knew that when I spoke to Ron, usually several times each day, that he shared what the President was thinking and he would represent my views to the President. Or to put it in a Biden-ism, nothing got lost between the cup and the lip.
“Ron’s shoes are hard to fill but I’m confident Jeff Zients will have no problem stepping into them which I told Jeff when I spoke with him. We agreed that we would continue the same close relationship with the White House Chief of Staff that I had with Ron.
“I’ve known Jeff for many years and cannot think of a better person to help smoothly implement the transformational legislation Congress passed. Jeff is the epitome of what an outstanding Chief of Staff should be. He’s organized, focused, and deliberate, exactly the right person to lead the Biden administration and ensure the American people see and feel the benefits of these new laws.”