WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden has chosen Annie Tomasini, a longtime aide and close adviser who runs his Oval Office, to be a deputy White House chief of staff.

Tomasini has served the president as an adviser and director of Oval Office operations since he took office in January 2021.

Her “unparalleled knowledge” of Biden made her the obvious choice to succeed Jen O’Malley Dillon, who is joining the re-election campaign, said chief of staff Jeff Zients.

Tomasini will add a new portfolio of responsibilities, including oversight of the president's schedule, White House personnel and operations, according to senior White House aides.

Tomasini worked for Biden when he was a senator and later vice president. She departed  the vice president's office in 2011 to join Harvard's public affairs team, then returned in 2019.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, she was among a group of aides who helped run the campaign from Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware.

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