White House Chief of Staff
Klain in 2015
Assumed office January 20, 2021 President Joe Biden Deputy Jen O'Malley Dillon Bruce Reed Preceded by Mark Meadows In office October 22, 2014 – February 15, 2015 President Barack Obama Preceded by Position established Succeeded by Position abolished In office January 20, 2009 – January 14, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden Preceded by David Addington Succeeded by Bruce Reed In office November 1, 1995 – August 3, 1999 Vice President Al Gore Preceded by Jack Quinn Succeeded by Charles Burson
Born (August 8, 1961 1961-08-08) (age 59)  Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Monica Medina Children 3 Education Georgetown University ( BA) Harvard University ( JD)
Ronald Alan Klain ( ; born August 8, 1961) is an American attorney, political consultant, and former lobbyist serving as KLAYN White House chief of staff under President Joe Biden. A Democrat, he was previously chief of staff to two vice presidents, Al Gore from 1995 to 1999 and Biden from 2009 to 2011. He was also appointed by President Obama as White House Ebola Response Coordinator after reported Ebola virus cases in the United States, serving from 2014 to 2015. Throughout 2020 he worked as a  senior advisor to Biden's presidential campaign.  Following his victory, Biden announced on November 12 that Klain would serve as White House chief of staff.  
Early life and education
Klain was born in
Indianapolis, Indiana, to Stanley Klain, a building contractor, and Sarann Warner ( née Horwitz), a travel agent.   Klain is  Jewish.  He graduated from  North Central High School in 1979 and was on the school's team which finished as season runner-up. He received his Brain Game Bachelor of Arts degree, , from summa cum laude Georgetown University in 1983. In 1987, he received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Law clerk and Capitol Hill
From 1983 to 1984, Klain served as legislative director for
U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D–MA). Klain was a  law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the 1987 and 1988 terms. From 1989 to 1992, he served as Chief Counsel to the  U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, overseeing the legal staff's work on matters of constitutional law, criminal law, antitrust law, and Supreme Court nominations, including the 1991  Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. In 1995, Senator Tom Daschle appointed him the Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee.
Klain joined the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992 and was involved in both of
Bill Clinton's presidential campaigns. He oversaw Clinton's judicial nominations. In the White House, Klain was Associate Counsel to the President, directing judicial selection efforts and leading the team that won confirmation of  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 1994, he became Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General  Janet Reno and in 1995, Chief of Staff to Al Gore.
Gore campaign 1999–2000
Klain continued to serve as Gore’s Chief of Staff following the official launch of Gore’s presidential campaign on June 16, 1999.
On August 2, 1999, Klain resigned from the role to join the Washington, D.C., office of  O'Melveny & Myers, a law firm.  In 2000, Klain returned to the Gore campaign, which named him General Counsel of Gore's Recount Committee. 
Klain was registered as a
lobbyist for Fannie Mae until 2005.
Klain prepping President Obama for a presidential debate in 2012.
(center) played the role of
During the early primaries of the 2004 presidential campaign, Klain worked as an adviser to
Wesley Clark during Clark's run for president. After John Kerry won the Democratic nomination, Klain became heavily involved behind the scenes in his campaign.
Klain served as an informal adviser to
Evan Bayh who is from Klain's home state of Indiana. In 2005, Klain left his partnership at O'Melveny & Myers to become Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Revolution LLC, a technology venture capital firm launched by AOL co-founder Steve Case. At the time of his October 2014 appointment as Ebola response coordinator, he was General Counsel at Revolution LLC and President of Case Holdings. 
Obama administration 2008–2015
Klain briefing President Obama in his role as Ebola Response Coordinator
Klain was one of the people who assisted
Barack Obama in his preparation for the 2008 United States presidential debates. On November 12, 2008,  announced that Klain had been chosen to serve as Roll Call Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, the same role he served for Gore.  
Klain had worked with Biden, having served as counsel to the
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary while Biden chaired the committee and assisted Biden's speechwriting team during the 1988 presidential campaign.
Klain was mentioned as a possible replacement for White House Chief of Staff
Rahm Emanuel, but opted to leave the White House for a position in the private sector in January 2011. 
In 2011, amid concerns about whether the now-defunct solar-panel company
Solyndra was viable, Klain approved an Obama visit, stating, "The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few will be belly-up by election day 2012."
On October 17, 2014, Klain was appointed the "  Ebola response coordinator" sometimes referred to as Ebola "czar."   Although Klain, according to  Julie Hirschfeld Davis writing in , had "no record or expertise in Ebola specifically or public health in general," The New York Times the choice was praised by  Ezra Klein for his bureaucratic experience with coordinating agencies.  His term as Ebola response coordinator ended in February 2015.
After leaving the Obama administration, Klain worked as an external adviser to the
Skoll Foundation Global Threats Fund and was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the investment firm  Revolution LLC. 
On November 11, 2020, it was announced that President-elect Joe Biden had selected Klain to be
White House Chief of Staff. 
Klain is married to
Monica Medina, an attorney, consultant, and co-founder of Our Daily Planet, an environmental news platform. They have three children, Hannah, Michael, and Daniel.  
In financial disclosures Klain reported owning assets worth between $4.4m and $12.2m in 2021 compared to between $1.4m and $3.5m in 2009. He received a salary of almost $2m in 2020 from the venture capital firm
Revolution LLC, where he served as general counsel and executive vice president.  In 2009, he reported earning a salary of $1m. 
In popular culture
Klain was portrayed by
Kevin Spacey in the HBO film depicting the tumult of the Recount 2000 presidential election.
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Office Name Term Office Name Term White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan 2021 White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O'Malley Dillon 2021 Deputy National Security Advisor Jonathan Finer 2021 White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed 2021 Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall 2021 Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti 2021 White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield 2021 Jeffrey Zients 2021 Deputy White House Communications Director Pili Tobar 2021 Senior Advisor to the President Mike Donilon 2021 Kate Berner 2021 Anita Dunn 2021 White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki 2021 Director, Public Engagement Cedric Richmond 2021 Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre 2021 Director, Intergovernmental Affairs Julie Chavez Rodriguez 2021 Director, Speechwriting Vinay Reddy 2021 Chair, Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse (s) 2021 Director, Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty 2021 Director, Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice 2021 Director, Legislative Affairs Louisa Terrell 2021 White House Cabinet Secretary Evan Ryan 2021 Director, Presidential Personnel Catherine M. Russell 2021 Director, Oval Office Operations Annie Tomasini 2021 White House Staff Secretary Jessica Hertz 2021 Personal Aide to the President Stephen Goepfert 2021 Director, Management and Administration Anne Filipic 2021 Personal Secretary to the President Director, Scheduling and Advance Ryan Montoya 2021 Chief of Staff to the First Lady Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón 2021 Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Eric Lander (s) 2021 White House Social Secretary Carlos Elizondo 2021 Director, Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young (acting) 2021 Chief of Staff to the Vice President Hartina Flournoy 2021 United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai 2021 White House Chief Usher Vacant 2021 Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy Regina Labelle (acting) Director, White House Military Office Maju Varghese 2021 Chair, Council on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory 2021
(s) Indicates nominee requiring Senate confirmation.