One of President Joe Biden’s top advisers, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, has announced that she will leave the White House effective at the end of May.
The White House confirmed on Monday that Rice, who has been serving the Biden administration as a domestic policy adviser, will exit that position just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend on May 26.
Rice has served in the Biden White House for more than two years in that capacity, and according to White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, has been instrumental in ensuring that the most important issues in Biden’s domestic agenda have made it from the drawing board to Congress and then back to the president’s desk for his final signature.
As NBC reported, Rice has been in that significant role as Biden has signed a number of actions — both legislative and executive — on key Democratic issues ranging from health care and gun safety to police reform and student loans.
Rice, according to Zients, has taken Biden’s Domestic Policy Council “to new heights.”
“It is extraordinary when you think about what she’s done in terms of public service across her career, capped off by being the first person ever to be the national security adviser and domestic policy adviser. It really speaks a lot to her leadership and her range,” Zients added.
Biden’s chief economic adviser Brian Deese also praised Rice’s tenure in the role but noted that the White House would likely shift priorities going into the 2024 presidential election cycle.
“Susan was there during this two-year period where there was just an incredible and historic burst of policymaking, and the next year and a half is going to be different. It’s going to call for a different approach to policy,” Deese explained, adding, “The role and the requirements for the role are going to be different, and I think they’ll take that into consideration.”
NBC cited another White House source who said the search for Rice’s replacement would not be limited to those already working within the Biden White House.