Richmond was a senior adviser to President Biden and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. A Biden adviser informed Fox News that he will join the Democratic National Committee as an adviser in May.
Cedric Levan Richmond, a senior Biden adviser, will leave the White House next month to work for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), according to Fox News.
“I am thrilled that the President has entrusted me with boosting the robust work already being done at the DNC to ensure that Democrats grow their majorities in the House and Senate, as well as increase the number of Democratic governors in state capitals around the country,” Richmond said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Mr. Richmond will be expected to travel across the country raising funds for Democrats and acting as a surrogate for the Biden administration in his new role.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, hinted at Mr. Richmond’s new duty earlier in the day, telling reporters that when the press office has “something to announce, it will involve a new important role for Cedric Richmond,” which the president is “excited about and has asked him to do.”
Mr. Richmond, a former Louisiana congressman and one-time chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of Mr. Biden’s first supporters in the lead-up to the 2020 campaign, encouraging him to run and subsequently backing him.
Mr. Biden appointed Mr. Richmond as a top White House assistant and liaison to the business sector after assuming the presidency, making him one of the administration’s most prominent African Americans.
The former lawmaker, who maintains close contacts with House Democrats, also worked on high-profile topics such as voting rights and police reform, but he struggled to bring progressive activists and lawmakers together at a time when his party’s legislative majority is at an all-time low.
Mr. Richmond will not be completely removed from Mr. Biden’s orbit. He’ll work with Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who fought with West Wing officials during the president’s first year in office.
Mr. Harrison said in a statement, “We look forward to Cedric joining our already outstanding staff as we continue to work in close coordination with the White House and our sister committees to protect and expand our Democratic majorities.”