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Keisha Lance Bottoms is leaving her post as the White House’s senior advisor and director of the Office of Public Engagement.
The announcement comes just days after the former Atlanta mayor awkwardly introduced Vice President Kamala Harris to a group of journalism students.
In a statement, President Joe Biden announced Monday that former Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Stephen Benjamin will replace her.
“Mayor Benjamin is a longtime public servant, who has served the people of South Carolina for over two decades statewide and as a three-term mayor of Columbia,” Biden said.
“As a former president of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African American Mayors Association, Steve’s deep relationships with communities across the country will serve our administration and the American public well,” he added.
Biden went on to thank Bottoms for prioritizing “equity” while working in the White House.
“Under Keisha’s leadership, the Office of Public Engagement has kept equity at the heart of our agenda and continues to serve as the connective tissue between our Administration and everyday Americans who may not have a voice to reach Washington otherwise,” Biden said.
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