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Longtime Biden aide from Auburn stepping down to spend more time with family

A longtime advisor to President Joe Biden who has roots in the city of Auburn is leaving the State Department.

Brian McKeon, who has served as deputy secretary of state for management and resources, is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

This news was broken by the Washington Post earlier this week.


Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, thanked McKeon for his service.

“President Biden asked Brian to serve in this role because he knew no one was better suited to look out for the Department’s most important asset: our people,” Blinken said. “Brian has dedicated his entire distinguished career – spanning more than three decades, across all three branches of our government – to advancing U.S. diplomacy and national security, and to supporting the individuals who carry out this vital work.”

Richard Verma, who’s served as chief legal officer and head of global public policy at Mastercard, will succeed McKeon.



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