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President Barack Obama meets with staff in the Oval Office in 2010. From left, Louisa Terrell, special assistant to the President for legislative affairs, Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Brian McKeon, deputy assistant to the President for NSA, and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for legislative affairs. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Ex-Booker aide gets top Biden West Wing post

Louisa Terrell named director of White House Office of Legislative Affairs

By David Wildstein, November 20 2020 2:40 pm

U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s former chief of staff has been named to a senior White House staff position by President-elect Joe Biden.

Louisa Terrell will serve as Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, where she will head the Biden administration’s congressional liaison team.

Terrell was Booker’s first chief of staff, joining him after he won a U.S. Senate seat in a 2013 special election.

Mo Butler, Booker’s longtime political advisor and former New Jersey Chief of Staff, praised Terrell’s appointment.

“As someone who has worked closely with Louisa, President-elect Biden has shown tremendous wisdom in her appointment,” Butler told the New Jersey Globe.

Prior to working for Booker, Terrell was the deputy chief of staff and counsel to Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee and worked in legislative affairs in the Obama White House.  She also ran Washington policy shops for Yahoo and Facebook.

Terrell left Booker’s office in 2015 to become counsellor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.  Later, she served as executive director of the Biden Foundation and ran public affairs at McKinsey & Co.

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