Representative Cedric L. Richmond will join President-Elect Joe Biden's team as Assistant to the President, Senior Advisor to the President, and Director of the Public Relations Office of the White House.
Richmond, who has represented New Orleans in the House of Representatives for the past 10 years and chaired the Black Caucus of Congress, has steadily grown to become one of the most influential black voices in Congress. With the nod announced on Tuesday (November 17), he will become one of the highest-appointed African-American officials in the Biden administration.
"He will give clear advice," said Marc H. Morial, president of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, according to the New York Times. "He's not a yes man."
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"It sends a really strong signal to the Black Community that Cedric will be in that core group," added Morial, who also referred to Richmond as a "team player."
At a press conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, Richmond vowed "to give advice to the president when he wants to, maybe sometimes when he doesn't".
The 47-year-old attended Morehouse College and Tulane Law School. He is also a close ally of Representative James E. Clyburn; whose endorsement by Biden in South Carolina Elementary School was instrumental in changing Biden's fate during the busy season.
Richmond spoke to reporters and supporters on Tuesday, pledging to keep its home state in the White House in its best interests.
"When you talk about Louisiana's needs, you want someone in the west wing," he said.