Vice President Joseph R. Biden announced Wednesday he has tapped senior aide Steve Ricchetti as his new chief of staff.
Mr. Ricchetti, counselor to Mr. Biden since March 2012, will replace Bruce Reed, who is stepping down to become president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Reed leaves Mr. Biden’s side just as the vice president is considering a run for the presidency in 2016.
“Steve and I have been friends for years, and I was thrilled when he joined my staff as counselor,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. “He has a wealth of experience in policy and government, he knows Congress, and he has strong relationships with the West Wing staff. I’m lucky to have him.”
The vice president also announced that Shailagh J. Murray, a former Washington journalist, will become his deputy chief of staff while continuing in her current role as communications director.
Mr. Ricchetti’s career has included positions on Capitol Hill and in the Clinton White House.
Mr. Reed joined Mr. Biden’s staff in January 2011, working on budget negotiations, the re-election campaign and the administration’s effort to impose new gun regulations.