Ex South Carolina Mayor Taking Over White House Office Of Engagement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – President Joe Biden has appointed a former Columbia, South Carolina, mayor to be a top White House adviser. Steve Benjamin will become director of the White House Office of Engagement, taking over from former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Benjamin has long been considered a rising star in Democratic politics, serving three terms as Columbia’s mayor, and the first Black mayor in the city’s history.

The appointment comes at a time when Benjamin’s home state is becoming even more critical to Democrats as they face the 2024 presidential campaign.

Biden called Benjamin a “longtime public servant” whose “deep relationships across the country” would well serve the administration.

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