1+1 For Family Members In White House

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 09 June 2021 20:50

It's all in the family for some well-known members of the Biden administration.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, senior adviser Anita Dunn, White House counselor Steve Richetti, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed and Presidential Personnel Office Director Cathy Russell each have no less than one direct family member working for the Biden administration.

Psaki's sister Stephanie Psaki was appointed to a senior adviser role within the Department of Health and Human Services in March. Her official title is senior adviser on human rights and gender equity in the Office of Global Affairs. Stephanie Psaki has a Ph.D. in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and previously served at the Population Council, an international non-governmental group.

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Jen Psaki has referred to Stephanie Psaki as her "nerdy (in a good way) sister" on Twitter.

"Thanks to my nerdy (in a good way) sister for reminding us of this absurd census issue," Jen Psaki announced on Twitter in 2019 in reply to a post from Stephanie Psaki of the Trump administration's effort for a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

In Sullivan's case, his wife, younger brother and sister-in-law work for the Biden administration. The national security adviser's younger brother Tom Sullivan is deputy chief of staff for policy at the State Department after holding the same role throughout the Obama administration (Jake Sullivan served in both the White House and State Department under Obama). Tom Sullivan's wife Rose Baumann Sullivan is the current assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, according to the department's website. Beforehand she was a lobbyist for companies including Verizon, Google parent Alphabet and CVS Health, Open Secrets reported.

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Jake Sullivan's wife Maggie Goodlander is counsel to Attorney General Merrick Garland after clerking for Garland, Politico reported.

Blinken's wife Evan Ryan is White House Cabinet secretary, an appointed role without Senate confirmation that entails being a go-between for the president and Cabinet departments and agencies. Ryan is an Obama White House alum who worked as assistant to the vice president and special assistant to the president for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement from 2009 to 2013, according to her archived bio.

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After serving in the Obama administration, Ryan entered Axios throughout its launch in January 2017 as the executive vice president. She would work in that position until last year when she joined the Biden-Harris transition team as a senior adviser.

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In the meantime, Biden's senior adviser Anita Dunn, who has maintained her position temporarily, is married to Bob Bauer, who co-chairs the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the U.S., which is looking at so-called Supreme Court reform.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain's wife Monica Medina is Biden's nominee for assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Science Affairs.

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