Idahoan Reed leaves top White House post

The Coeur d’Alene native takes a job leading a philanthropic group.

STATESMAN STAFFNovember 14, 2013 

Bruce Reed will leave as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden to become president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, whose wide range of interests include the arts and public school reform.

Reed has been Biden’s chief of staff since 2011. He will vacate the post in December and be replaced by Steve Ricchetti, who has served as a counselor to the vice president since last year.

In a statement issued by the foundation, Reed said, “I have long been impressed by the visionary philanthropy of Eli and Edye Broad, and it is an honor to work with them to continue their legacy. No one is more committed to improving our public schools, and their generosity is matched by their focus on making the world a better place.”

Reed’s mother, Mary Lou, is a former Democratic leader of the Idaho Senate, representing Kootenai County from 1985 to 1996. She helped build Democratic numbers in the Legislature, focusing on education, the economy and the environment.

Bruce Reed is among three former Idahoans who have left big footprints in Democratic politics, along with President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, and the executive director of the National Education Association, John Stocks.

Bruce Reed also worked in the Clinton administration and was president of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. More recently, he worked with Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo on President Obama’s deficit commission.

Reed was executive director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, better known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission.

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