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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 58)
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 (blog)

Washington Post (blog)
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:00:01 -0700

Bruce Reed, a top White House domestic policy adviser, suggested that in President Clinton's 1996 State of the Union address, Clinton propose streamlining public interaction with the federal government. In Reed's estimation, “by the year 2000, no ...

The Spokesman Review (blog)

The Spokesman Review (blog)
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Board announced today that Bruce Reed, Rhodes Scholar and former special assistant for domestic affairs to President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, will be this year's keynote speaker at the ...
Coeur d'Alene Press
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:36 -0700

Bruce Reed, Rhodes scholar and former assistant to President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, will be this year's keynote speaker at the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations' 17th annual human rights banquet. Tickets are on sale now ...

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WDIV Detroit
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:33:01 -0700

A December 1995 memo from chief domestic policy adviser Bruce Reed to the White House chief of staff suggests potential initiatives for the State of the Union address "and beyond." Under the subtitle, "Ending Bureaucracy As We Know It," Reed writes ...
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:22:30 -0700

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The Hill (blog)
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:21:45 -0700

Other candidates mentioned among budget experts are Center for Budget and Policy Priorities head Bob Greenstein, perhaps the leading liberal fiscal policy expert in Washington, and Bruce Reed, the former adviser to Joe Biden who was staff director of ...
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700

“We applaud the teachers, principals and administrators in Gwinnett County who are working hard each day to ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential,” said Bruce Reed, president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which awards ...

Kingsport Times News

Kingsport Times News
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:45:00 -0700

According to information from the office, in District 4 incumbent Board of Education member Robyn Johnson Ivester filed March 21, challenger Michael W. Hughes filed Tuesday and challenger Bruce Reed filed Wednesday. However, District 2 incumbent and ...

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