Biden's new chief of staff has Idaho roots

Erika Bolstad
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON -- Bruce Reed, who has deep Idaho roots, was named Friday as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff.

Reed was born in Boise and raised in Coeur d'Alene. His mother, Mary Lou Reed, is a former Democratic state senator. He's a graduate of Princeton University and a former Rhodes Scholar. His first job was in then-Sen. Al Gore's office. He went to work for then-Gov. Bill Clinton, helping to craft the 1992 platform that won Clinton the White House.

Reed worked for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, and most recently ran President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The recommendations were widely praised on both sides of the aisle -- although their finding didn't have quite enough votes to be sent to Congress to consider. The ideas are still expected to be at the center of the work done to cut spending and rein in the deficit.

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