Joe Biden Names Susan Rice New Head of White House Domestic Policy Council


December 14, 2020

The year of the Black woman.

President-elect Joe Biden named Susan Rice as the White House Domestic Policy Council’s new head, Politico reports.

Rice served as former national security adviser for Forever President Barack Obama and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A reliable expert in foreign policy, her nomination for the top domestic policy came as a surprise to some. In her new position, Rice will help implement Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, focusing on policy proposals, a trillion-dollar investment in American infrastructure and manufacturing, clean energy, caregiving, education, and racial equity. 


Biden announced Rice’s appointment while he named Marcia Fudge as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development along with several other appointments. At the announcement he said, “The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road – where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security, and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans.”

Rice was formerly vetted as a potential vice-presidential candidate and was a contender for secretary of State. Her position as director of the Domestic Policy Council doesn’t require Senate confirmation, but the administration will still need the support of the Republican party. A source close to the administration told Politico that Biden hopes Rice’s experience in crisis management and interagency processes will help merge her foreign, economic, and diplomatic expertise to become a major asset in implementing domestic policy. 

Congratulations, Susan!


Photo Courtesy of The Associated Press File

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