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Bruce Reed
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Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
In office
January 14, 2011 – December 2013
Preceded by Ron Klain
Succeeded by Steve Ricchetti
Personal details
Born Bruce Reed
(1955-05-06) May 6, 1955 (age 59)
Boise, Idaho
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Oxford University (M.A)

Bruce Reed (born March 16, 1960) is the president of the Broad Foundation.[1] Prior to assuming that role in December of 2013, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and is a former CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).

Early life and education[edit]

Reed is a native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and the son of Idaho State Senator Mary Lou Reed and Scott Reed, prominent environmental attorney. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1982, and earned a master's degree in English Literature from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


Reed served as chief speechwriter for Tennessee Senator Al Gore from 1985 to 1989. He was founding editor of the DLC magazine, The New Democrat and served as policy director of the DLC from 1990 to 1991 under DLC Chairman and Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton. In 1992, he was deputy campaign manager for policy of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. During the Clinton presidency, Reed served as chief domestic policy advisor and director of the Domestic Policy Council, and helped to write the 1996 welfare reform law known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. He is credited with coining the welfare reform catchphrase, "end welfare as we know it." [2]

Reed is the author of the taunt, "change you can Xerox," from the February 21, 2008 presidential primary debate in Austin, Texas. Reed supplied Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton with the phrase to invoke accusations of plagiarism against rival Senator Barack Obama while parodying his campaign slogan: "Change you can believe in."[3]

In the spring of 2010, Reed took a leave of absence from the DLC to become Executive Director of President National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles Commission). On January 14, 2011 he was named Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, succeeding Ron Klain.[4] In November 2013 it was announced that he would step down as the Vice President's Chief of Staff to become president of the Broad Foundation.[5]



  1. ^ Mary Plummer (November 13, 2013). "Broad Foundation names Bruce Reed – Vice-President Joe Biden's chief of staff – its new president". KPCC. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Carney, James; Tumulty, Karen (October 30, 2000). "How They Run The Show". CNN. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Baker, Peter; Kornblut, Anne E. (March 5, 2008). "Even in Victory, Clinton Team Is Battling Itself". Washington Post. pp. A01. 
  4. ^ VP Biden Names Bruce Reed as New Chief of Staff Jake Tapper, Washington Post, January 14, 2011
  5. ^ "Vice President Biden Announces New Chief of Staff". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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Washington Post
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:10:04 -0700

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:21:05 -0700

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

That compared to 1,094 or 38.47 percent for Ivester and 388 or 13.64 percent for Bruce Reed, a retired Sullivan County school maintenance employee with 34 years of service. Hughes said he lost to Ivester in her home precinct in Piney Flats. Hughes said ...

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Michael W. Hughes, a Teamsters union representative for Virginia UPS workers who ran for the board in 2012, and Bruce Reed, a retired county school system maintenance employee who worked 34 years in the system, also are seeking the District 4 seat.
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The 6th District, including Indian Springs and Central Heights, has five candidates, including two incumbents. Three county Board of Education seats appear on the ballot, with incumbent Robyn Ivester facing Michael Hughes and Bruce Reed in the 4th ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:46:34 -0700

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Incumbent Sullivan County Board of Education member Robyn Ivester was defeated Thursday by challenger Michael Hughes. Voters in the county's 4th District selected Hughes over Ivester and another challenger, Bruce Reed.

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