Clinton-Kaine Transition Project: Team Planning Takeover from Obama Announced

Ken Salazar speaks in Miami on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Ken Salazar speaks in Miami on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

The next president won’t take office for more than five months, but the transition teams for both nominees are taking shape.

John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, announced Tuesday that Ken Salazar, a former Interior secretary, will chair the transition team for Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

The Clinton-Kaine Transition Project was formed earlier this month and will be based in Washington. Podesta is the group’s president.

Salazar served alongside Clinton both in President Obama’s Cabinet, when he headed the Interior Department and she was secretary of State, and prior to that in the U.S. Senate, when he represented Colorado and she New York.

Rounding out the hierarchy of the Clinton-Kaine transition team are co-chairs Tom Donilon, a former national security adviser to Obama; Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; and Maggie Williams, director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, who was chief of staff to Clinton during her time as first lady and campaign manager of her 2008 White House bid.

Senior campaign aides Ed Meier and Ann O’Leary also are moving over to the transition team, while Heather Boushey, who heads the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, becomes the group’s chief economist.

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SOURCE: Cooper Allen