Louisiana congressman to join Biden administration

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Rep. Cedric Richmond is planning to leave his congressional seat for the White House.

The Louisiana Democrat, a national co-chair to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, will take on a senior adviser role focused on public engagement, according two sources familiar with the decision.

Richmond’s work will focus on outreach with grassroots organizations, public interest groups and advocacy groups, including the NAACP. He’s also expected to serve as a liaison with the business community and climate change activists.

Bloomberg News first reported on Richmond’s new role.

Richmond has scheduled a news conference Tuesday in his home district, where he’s expected to announce he’s stepping down.

“Cedric Richmond was part of the nerve center of the campaign from day one,” said Antjuan Seawright, a South Carolina-based Democratic strategist. “I would give him a lion’s share of the credit why Joe Biden was so heavily engaged in the 2018 midterms and part of the reason Biden prioritized voters of color.”

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