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The Insider: In Conversation with Ron Klain

Ron Klain has served in three Democratic presidential administrations, advised countless campaigns, and navigated the complexities of the federal bureaucracy from the very top.
Ron Klain has served in three Democratic presidential administrations, advised countless campaigns, and navigated the complexities of the federal bureaucracy from the very top. Photo: Bill O'Leary/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
October 23, 2023

It’s hard to think of many unelected Americans who have been as close to the power center of politics as Ron Klain. He has served in three Democratic presidential administrations, advised countless campaigns, steered judicial nominations, jousted in high-stakes debate prep sessions, and navigated the complexities of the federal bureaucracy from the very top. Klain has been in the room for the moments that have shaped history. He ran point on the Florida recount for Al Gore, secured the appointment of a history-making Supreme Court Justice, and steered the Obama White House through an Ebola outbreak that threatened the globe.