Joe Biden names powerful White House personnel, legislative chiefs

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for powerful White House positions including personnel director and director of legislative affairs.

Cathy Russell, a chief of staff to Biden’s wife Jill Biden while he was vice president, will be the White House personnel director — an immensely influential role that vets appointments across the federal bureaucracy.

Louisa Terrell, head of public affairs and deputy general counsel for consulting giant McKinsey & Company, will serve as the White House’s liaison to Capitol Hill, which may involve delicate talks with a GOP-held Senate, pending the results of two Georgia runoffs.

Terrell previously worked in the White House legislative office under former President Barack Obama, and from 2011-2013 was Facebook’s public policy director.

Russell and Terrell will work under incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, a longtime Biden associate who filled the same role for Biden while he was vice president.

Other recently announced senior staff picks — Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond and Steve Ricchetti to be Biden advisers — infuriated the left flank of the Democratic Party, which backed Biden with the hope that he would make good on his pledge to be the “most progressive” president in history.

Russell is married to a former Obama White House national security adviser, Tom Donilon, and her brother-in-law Mike Donilon will be a senior adviser to Biden, a role currently held in the Trump administration by first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

Barack Obama, Cathy RussellFILE: President-Elect Joe Biden Selects Ron Klain As White House Chief Of StaffLouisa TerrellBiden StaffMike Donilon

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