Various President Biden’s senior officials have kinfolk or spouses working for the administration — apparently not subject to President Biden’s rule that “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy.”
Secretary of State Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki every have one direct family member working for the federal government.
In addition to them, prime White House staffers reminiscent of senior adviser Anita Dunn, counselor Steve Richetti, deputy chief-of-staff Bruce Reed and Presidential Personnel Office director Cathy Russell every have at the least one family member employed by the administration.
In Psaki’s case, her sister, Stephanie Psaki, serves as a senior adviser throughout the Department of Health and Human Services.
She took on her new function, the place her official title is senior adviser on human rights and gender fairness within the Office of Global Affairs, this March.
The Psaki who works at HHS has a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She beforehand labored on the Population Council, a non-profit conducting analysis and constructing analysis capabilities in creating nations.
Blinken, the nation’s prime diplomat, is married to Evan Ryan, who serves as White House cupboard secretary.
The cupboard secretary serves as the primary level of contact between the White House and the opposite departments and businesses within the federal government. Unlike Blinken’s place, the job doesn’t require Senate approval.
Ryan, like her husband, is an Obama administration alumni who served then-Vice President Biden. She labored not solely for Obama and Biden, but in addition for the State Department as an assistant secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
After leaving the Obama administration, she joined Axios as an government vp.
With regard to Jake Sullivan, working within the administration seems to be a family affair. His spouse, youthful brother and sister-in-law are all employed by the Biden administration.
Maggie Goodlander, Sullivan’s higher half, works within the Justice Department as counsel to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
She had beforehand clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in addition to Garland in his capability as chief justice on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
His brother, Tom Sullivan, is serving in the identical place he held throughout the Obama years: deputy chief-of-staff for coverage on the State Department.
Rose Baumann Sullivan — Tom Sullivan’s spouse and the nationwide safety adviser’s sister-in-law — serves as performing assistant secretary for laws at HHS. Previously, she served as a lobbyist for firms reminiscent of Verizon, CVS Health and Alphabet, the mum or dad firm of Google.
Close associates and family members of the highly effective securing their very own fascinating positions is nothing new in Washington.
Former President Trump appointed his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior advisers.
However, the primary daughter and her husband didn’t take a wage throughout their time within the White House and noticed their private earnings drop greater than 20 % within the remaining years of the Trump presidency.
In addition to the Trump family, some notable members of the administration had been married or associated to others employed by the federal government.
Rep. Liz Cheney, then a non-public citizen, was appointed below then-President Bush and Vice President Cheney to function assistant secretary of state for close to Eastern affairs.