As President Biden considers a number of highly qualified potential Supreme Court nominees and seeks advice from lawmakers from both parties and legal experts across the country, he is adding three new advisers to the nomination and confirmation process.
These advisers bring decades of experience to the table and will join the White House team working with the President to select the country’s first black woman for the Supreme Court and will report to White House Counsel Dana Remus while the President continues to screen candidates.
The White House officials currently advising the President on his selection are the Vice President, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Remus, Director of Legislative Affairs, Louisa Terrell, Senior White House Advisor, Cedric Richmond, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs Affairs, Reema Dodin, Senior Counsel to the President Paige Herwig, Advisor to Vice President Josh Hsu.
Doug Jones, nominating adviser for legislative affairs
Doug Jones is a former US Senator from the state of Alabama. He will advise President Biden on navigating the Senate confirmation process. As the first Democratic Senator from Alabama in a quarter-century, Jones brought dozens of bipartisan bills into law and began a bipartisan tradition of Dr. Reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in the Senate chambers. Jones was previously the US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, where he prosecuted and convicted two Ku Klux Klan members in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African-American girls. A native of Fairfield, Alabama, Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Samford University.
Minyon Moore, engagement nominating consultant
Minyon Moore is a top public affairs strategist and organizer commissioned by President Biden to mobilize a nationwide engagement effort focused on affirmation. Moore currently leads Dewey Square Group’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices, where she helps clients build coalitions and advocate for public policy goals. Moore previously served as President Clinton’s White House director of political affairs and director of the White House Office of Public Liaisons, as well as chief operating officer of the Democratic National Committee. Moore was a co-writer For girls of color who have thought about politics in 2018. A Chicago native, she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the Boston University Digital Filmmaking Program (DC).
Ben LaBolt, communications nominating consultant
Ben LaBolt is a senior communications strategist joining the White House to advise President Biden on communications and messaging around the confirmation process. LaBolt is a partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive, which served as an advisor on the Biden-Harris transition. He previously served as national press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign and as assistant White House press secretary. LaBolt has two decades of experience advising national, state and local elected officials and campaigns, and served as White House spokesman on the confirmation team for Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan. A native of LaGrange, Illinois, LaBolt is a graduate of Middlebury College.