President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the appointment of former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as a his new director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
She is filling the role formerly held by Cedric Richmond, a former Louisiana congressman who left in April for a senior role at the Democratic National Committee.
Bottoms’ advice and counsel may be much-needed at the White House, as Biden’s public approval rating is at its lowest since taking office, possibly due to rising consumer and gasoline prices.
Those factors could complicate Biden’s chances of retaining control of Congress in the November midterm elections.
In a statement released Wednesday, the president praised Bottoms’ tireless and dedicated work for her city during the pandemic, being a figure in the forefront of a summer of protests following the police killings of unarmed Black men, and her leadership displayed involving a mass shooting targeting Asian Americans, killing six women.
“Keisha is bright, honorable, tough and has the integrity required to represent our administration to the American public,” the president said.
In this new role, one of Bottoms’ duties will be to serve as a liaison between various local, state and national constituency groups, bringing their feedback to the president.
The 52-year-old was an early supporter of Biden’s presidential bid, and was considered as a possible running mate before Kamala Harris was added to the ticket.
Congratulations to her.