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Northeast Ohio native Steve Ricchetti gets senior role in president-elect Joe Biden’s administration

Steve Ricchetti is a 1975 graduate of Westlake High School.

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Nov. 7, 2020.

When president-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office early next year, a Northeast Ohio man will be among his top staffers.

Steve Ricchetti, a 1975 graduate of Westlake High School, has been named to Biden’s senior staff as counselor to the president. His appointment to the role, which was announced Tuesday morning, comes after he served under Biden during his vice presidency.

Westlake High School added Ricchetti to their Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend in 2018. Ricchetti is also a graduate of Miami University in Ohio.

Biden’s team shared the following bio on Ricchetti after announcing his role with the new administration:

Steve Ricchetti served as Chairman of the Biden-Harris campaign. Throughout his decades of public service, Ricchetti has held senior roles on Capitol Hill and at the White House, including as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for President Clinton during the impeachment hearings, and Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1992, when women won a record number of seats. Before joining the Obama-Biden administration in 2009, Ricchetti was the founder and president of an independent government relations and political consulting firm. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris campaign, Ricchetti was Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center. A native of Ohio, Ricchetti is a graduate of Miami University and George Mason University School of Law.

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